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ISSUE 10: MAR/APR 2010




JONES Goes Into the Wild

Britannia Rules In Utilitarian Chic

SPOTLIGHT ON FASHION: An in-depth chat with Gary Harvey



SPENCER Interview With A Werewolf

Beauty & the


A Retrospective of Key Make-up Trends



Editor In Chief Creative Director DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT WEBMASTER Interactive Marketing Director National Advertising Director

photo director design director contributing graphic designer


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travel editor current affairs editor CONTRIBUTING editor AT LARGE EVENTS EDITOR

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We highlight some of the best British skincare collections to invade these shores and some that haven’t yet infiltrated US counters, but watch out…they’re coming!


UK-based botanical beauty brand The Organic Pharmacy puts a glamorous spin on homeopathy.



From Earth to Earth Day, In One Full Perfect Circle


Fashion Week 2010 attendees from London to New York City delight in Harvey’s bespoken recycled gowns.



Interview with a Werewolf


Fighting the good fight


An interior designer that connects the contemporary with the traditional creates a line of furniture that everyone and anyone can appreciate without sacrifice.

COWORTH PARK: Redefining Eco-Luxury

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The BRITISH Issue! Mar- Apr 2010 / ISSUE 10



L-R: Phyllis Cohen, Ben Grimes, Gitte Meldgaard, Gary Harvey, Anna Griffin, Colin Gold, Stephen Jones (seated).

LETTER TO YOU The British Special, with Stephen Jones, OBE To say this issue is special is an understatement. To say that creating it has been both a moving adventure yet extremely challenging is also being light with the truth. We’ve created a British Fashion Special, and two charitable iconic donations from 10,000 miles across the pond, with the help of many talented and generous individuals, particularly respected British designers, Stephen Jones OBE and Gary Harvey. And where is it taking us? Who knows, but putting together Issue 10 has been a privilege and an honor. I’d like to personally acknowledge everyone involved with this epic journey, and say a very heartfelt thank you. You know who you are.

need see him at work with his iconic newspaper dress to know this. Our fashion story, Britannia Rules showcases chic urban yet earthy utilitarianism from a British perspective, whilst TRENDSETTERS highlights London’s current eco-tastemakers. Our beauty column focuses on the best of British with a retrospective of key make up trends, plus favorite British beauty picks.

For our cover story, The Stephen Jones Nature Project: From the Earth to Earth Day, In One Full Perfect Circle, we traveled to London for an amazing shoot with famed Milliner, Stephen Jones, OBE, maverick couturier Gary Harvey, celebrity photographer Gitte Meldgaard, and British “It” girl Ben Grimes. Out of this amazing fashion story came two hats, the Map Hats, created by Stephen for donation. Both coincidentally go up for auction on the same day, April 22nd, which is Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary. One goes to benefit the Christies’ Earth Day Auction, the other to Virgin Unite via Brit Week’s VIP Gala Reception.

Finally, in keeping with the British theme, we offer a revised Eco-Chic Guide to London, with new feature, Beauty:Shop, plus all the best places to eat, sleep, indulge and visit whilst in London.

In other news, we are honored to highlight Gary Harvey in our Spotlight on Fashion feature.Gary, whilst remarkably humble, is a creative genius, and one only 8

In our Men We Love column: Interview With A Werewolf, Twilight’s Chaske Spencer shares his passion regarding the looming crisis at the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in Montana. I had the opportunity to meet Chaske, and it was so refreshing to learn how down to earth this star-on-the-rise really is, and earnest to use his celebrity to make a powerful difference on key issues.

Welcome to Issue 10 of Coco Eco Magazine, our first British Special. We hope this issue goes someway to replicating our brilliant experience whilst making it, and we hope you enjoy!

Anna Griffin Editor In Chief , Coco Eco Magazine

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BritNight with the LA Galaxy Celebrity Soccer Match and MLS game at Home Depot Center Jeff Beck performing live at the Nokia Theatre


BritWeek Red Carpet Launch of BritWeek2010 at the British Consulate Residence


Star-studded BritWeek Gala Dinner benefiting Save the Children to take place in Beverly Hills with Special Guest Sir Richard Branson


The BritWeek Film and Television Summit at The Beverly Hilton Hotel


Music Industry Reception at the British Consulate Residence The BritWeek Fashion Show and British Designer Awards


The Architecture and Design Evening at the Pacific Design Center featuring leading British Designers


BritWeek Artists’ Reception and Opening of BritWeek Group Art Show (May 1-9)


BritWeek/British American Business Council Conference: Young Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the Face of the World at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills BritWeek/UK Trade & Investment California Business Innovation Awards Dinner BritWalk of Los Angeles featuring over 60 British brands, including luxury retailers, restaurants and hotels BritDish restaurant competition celebrating the best in British cuisine



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A true creator of brand image and a design visionary, Gary has a meticulous eye for detail. His well-regarded recycled fashion collections and impressive range of editorial and advertising work attest to Gary’s inventive spirit and acumen as a business figurehead in the world of design.

Born in Cheshire, and schooled in Liverpool, Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies. Contemporaries hungered for a little of his individuality. And, by 1980, Jones had opened his first millinery salon in the heart of London’s Covent Garden. Twenty-five years later, Jones’s era-defining edge continues to attract a celebrity clientele which currently includes Marilyn Manson, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Beyonce Knowles and Alison Goldfrapp.

From Denmark was a fashion editor for years. Came to LA styling a lot of rock and roll and movies. Started taken pictures about six years ago for such publications as Wig Magazine, Issue One Magazine, Poster Magazine, Blackbook Magazine, Flaunt Magazine, Surface Magazine, Oyster, and FHM Collection. Now lives between NYC and LA.

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This urban warrior takes inspiration from her earthy roots. From day to night she is perfectly armed with a sublime palette of utilitarian chic and subtle optimism....

PHOTOGRAPHY by: Michelle Beatty STORY by: Gary Kingsnorth Styled by: Jessica Punter MODEL: Keshia, Premier London MAKE-UP by: Ciara O’Shea HAIR by: Michael Jones 16

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Cream mohair cape, MAKEPIECE

Lilac silk halter top with gold chain and silk print scarf, NOIR

Off-white leather jacket and grey crystal harem pants BLLACK NOIR

Black tuxedo vest, BLLACK NOIR Vintage pink satin slip dress, OXFAM Pink knitted rose pin, KAREN NICHOL

Khaki cotton kimono dress, MISS BUTTERFLY BY BEAUTIFUL SOUL

White silk pleated top and white silk gathered skirt , BY STAMO Tan leather double buckle belt, ASCENSION

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Cream linen dress, HENRIETTA LUDGATE Cream knitted wristwarmers, MAKEPIECE Chiffon beaded flower necklace, MINNA 24

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Beige knitted cape with gold buttons and cream cotton dress, IVANA HELSINKI Silk kimono sandals, HETTY ROSE




Harvey Fairytale silhouettes make statements about art, high fashion and the beauty of recycling

WRITTEN by: Vicki Godel PHOTOGRAPHY provided by: Gary


No one describes Gary Harvey’s dresses better than Harvey himself. “These are the dresses people dream about or have seen in classic feature films, museums or art books. They’re the dresses we saw as children in Disney films. They’re a high end sort of haute couture being seen at a new level.” Harvey’s gowns have led the way in creating sustainable haute couture as an art form as well as in making an elegant case for reusing and recycling garments. Every single piece of Harvey’s recycled dresses is recycled, with the exception of the thread. Harvey now designs the gowns he had in his mind, when he decided he wanted to be a fashion designer. According to Harvey, his recycled dresses appeal to a deep-seated need for classical, clean lines. “When people see the dresses, they feel good about them. The dresses resonate in some way with them. One from the recycled part, but also because it’s a silhouette from a fairytale they remember, which is what inspired me. I’ve always loved big full, couture things,” Harvey said. “The reason I’ve been successful is not because I jumped on the eco cycle. The reason I’ve been successful is because the dresses are beautiful.” “When I start to create, I set out to craft a striking, powerful image that people will remember,” Harvey continued. “When I design something, I want to design the most beautiful, most striking, most powerful, most iconic dress I can. I’ve used clothing to deliver a visual message. But the SPOTLIGHT ON FASHION | Continued


subliminal message, the subtext is to recycle,” Harvey explained about his gowns. “My visual message is look at this f---ing beautiful dress. What people see is an amazing dress that is also totally recycled.” Gary Harvey’s collection does have something about it that seems to appeal to everyone who sees it. Starting with the well known 2010 London Financial Times dress, reminiscent of a 50’s strapless gown and incorporating 30 newspapers to construct its many layers of confectionlike taffeta. Harvey made the now world famous London Financial Times dress initially, as a reaction to his work for Levi Strauss and Dockers Europe. For two decades, Harvey created, developed and directed the look of nine lines for Levis’ including their organic jeans line. During each of those 20 years, twice a year, Harvey completely redesigned the look of the 9 lines. “In my job, it was always, you’ve got to do some more and then you have a show in LA, then you’ve got to do some more and I thought, you know what? F--- this, I don’t want to get on this f---king merry go round again every six months,” Harvey said. “I want to design at my pace and spend my time how I want. That’s where these dresses come from.”

Harvey’s gowns take up to three weeks to produce each. Harvey spends a lot of time scouring flea markets, vintage clothing stores and other clothing resellers searching for a gown’s color, fabric, pattern, texture and shape. “Nothing is random. The purchasing process is getting 20 pieces that work together by tone, color palette or pattern,” Harvey said. “The dresses within the dresses are sometimes expensive as well and that’s before you’ve even gotten to the point of pulling them together and making something else. The process of constructing a dress can take from four to 14 days depending on how complicated it is. A lot of the skirt you can do on the sewing machine. Attaching and the finer points of construction, you do by hand. You can’t get a whale bone corset under a machine anyway and believe me, most of my dresses are just so big,” Harvey said with obvious pride.

“I’ve been quite lucky, really. I haven’t got an eccentric, attention seeking kind of clientele. The people who buy my things are doing it in line with their politics, but also in line with their aesthetic.”

Harvey’s dresses are built around corsets, which is the signature of his collection. The gowns also require hand-sewing for the majority of their construction. “I take old corsets and make them the right size or custom make the corset first.” Harvey said regarding the production of his dresses. “Nearly 100% of my dresses are recycled apart from the threads; all the buttons, the trims, the laces, all 28

totally recycled. It’s quite good in that respect really. However I do have to buy a lot,” Harvey said with a laugh.

Harvey should be proud; his collection opened the Esthetica eco-show as part of London Fashion Week 2010 this past January. Harvey followed up in February by opening the highly anticipated Green Shows for New York Fashion Week 2010. Regarding his Esthetica opening collection during London Fashion Week, Harvey had this to say, “It was amazing, I showed my collection and everyone that saw it had only positive things to say like; this is the most interesting thing I’ve seen and this is so amazing,” Harvey said. “It was hilarious and meaningful to me because everyone felt, really the need, to say something to me, which is really not very British.”

Harvey continued. “I really like the fact that people were laughing out loud. There were children who were really laughing at dresses made of rugby shirts or newspapers. They saw straight away how ridiculous it is… to have a dress made from that and it was hilarious to watch them laugh. They were clearly enjoying the show.” The crowds at London Fashion Week weren’t the only ones that clearly enjoyed the show. A darling of the fashion magazines since his first collection in 2007, this year’s collection has already resulted in stories in American and Japanese Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle and Women’s Wear Daily.

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Recycled Hawaiian shirt dress

Gary Harvey with a recycled paper creation

Gary Harvey’s innovative recycled newspaper dress


Harvey opened for the Green Shows for New York Fashion Week with a strapless gown crafted from the Green Show’s title sponsor Weleda’s paper packaging. Harvey used 350 Weleda ‘Skin Food’ packages to construct this two tone green ball gown. Building the dress around its corset, Harvey laced the Weleda dress corset up the back with a recycled pewter gray ribbon which subtlety picked up the gray in the packaging. Harvey also showcased a kimono made from four denim jackets; a black zippered corset shirt dress made from rodeo shirts along with other classics including the strapless fishtail army jacket dress and the Burberry trench coat dress. Harvey’s red spotty day dress assembled from red and white polka dot dresses makes for eye catching, eye candy that’s charged with femininity.PHOTO Harvey’s Hawaiian dress fits right into the Beverly Hills lifestyle. A pale pink corseted strapless gown with a flowing, gossamer skirt of 50 pink knotted scarves is fit for a princess. This is not only a ground-breaking collection for the ecofashion movement; it is pure visual art. These dresses encourage long lingering looks with close attention to details.


Harvey’s creations seemed to gain momentum from the start. Not only did the fashion industry embrace Harvey’s designs, mainstream periodicals like Time cited the far-reaching value of his designer messages. Museums in England and the United States as well as worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in Korea, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as well as the institute of Contemporary Art in London and in Denmark have exhibited Harvey’s designs. With this level of museum patronage, Harvey’s dresses are certainly branded as art in addition to fashion; however, Harvey says the dresses are different things to different people. “Artists see it as an art movement. People in the green movement see it as a full on, recycled fashion statement. Fashion designers see it as high fashion,” Harvey said. “I think everybody comes out of it with a slightly different view. The good thing about it for me at least, is that so many people have so many different thoughts.” 30

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Although not mass marketed in the traditional sense of the word, Harvey sells dresses. “I’ve been quite lucky, really. I haven’t got an eccentric, attention seeking kind of clientele. The people who buy my things are doing it in line with their politics, but also in line with their aesthetic. The people who buy my wedding dresses are doing it because they want a beautiful wedding dress and they want to do the ethical thing for their wedding,” Harvey said. “I also make things for people for parties, anniversaries, fashion shoots or store windows.” Which brings us to Harvey’s other business, Gary Harvey Creative where Harvey oversees the direction and positioning of many of the UK’s top beauty and fashion advertisements. “At Gary Harvey Creative, I have an agent and work as a commercial art director and creative director for beauty and fashion brands, perfume and cosmetic brands and High Street brands. That’s what I do all the time,” Harvey explained about his ‘day job.’ “I also do brand positioning and placement work based on my years of experience in the industry. I’ve done a couple of re-launches on brands that were experiencing rocky times, whether they needed to reconnect with youth or upscale their business. Plus, I’m fashion director for 125 Magazine.” “Sometimes it’s difficult because one week I’m working on a Rimmel commercial, the next week I’m working on a jeans shoot, or a perfume or I’m back at the magazine,” Harvey said. “My life is different everyday. It’s hard to keep up with it sometimes.” With that, Harvey would still rather create his dresses than anything.The good news is Harvey’s dresses sell and they sell well. “I’d do it whether they sold or not,” Harvey said. “It’s not the most commercial venture but it’s made me a chunk of money, made me a chunk of publicity and the fact is its important to me and I would do it anyway.” As much as Harvey’s creations were made to speak to us about recycling, his dresses also hold another level of appeal. Harvey not only recycles these garments, he renews their status. Harvey upcycles the fabric and common materials of everyday life into incredible, wearable works of art elevating the status of his recycled gowns to haute couture level. What Harvey already knows is that the beauty of recycled clothing is in the eyes of the beholders.** GARY HARVEY





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Quicksilver & Roxy

For over 10 years the Quiksilver Group has been working to protect the environment. An interview with Quiksilver’s Sustainable Development Director, Maritxu Darrigrand revels Quiksilver and Roxy’s new “Green Campaign” to promote awareness about the need to preserve our water resources. How did the ‘Don’t destroy what you came to enjoy’ Green campaign begin? Did something specific trigger the company to launch the project? MD: For over 30 years now, being conscious of the welfare of environments we ‘play’ in has always been an integral part of our brand heritage. The Mountain and the Wave form the emblematic logos of Quiksilver and Roxy, natural references to the brands’ deep-seated connection with nature and the environments they operate in. The specific trigger was that we felt we were now ready to communicate having something real in our hands. Through the “Green Campaign,” we want to raise public awareness about the need to preserve water resources, our environment and our playgrounds. Our Green campaign is the first collaborative message and project between Quiksilver and Roxy coming from the same urge to act to protect these playgrounds. The main idea was to reach people with a fun NO WATER SUCKS! | Continued

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message they could connect and act with us.” As surfers and snowboarders do you feel you are much closer to feeling/seeing the affects of environmental damage as oceans and mountains are your playgrounds? MD: Yes, of course. When you are traveling all around the world, in heavenly places and you see pollution you realize that we have to act! That’s why we work with Surfrider Foundation since the beginning (1990). The major environmental damage we have noted most has been the increase in the volume of waste in the ocean, even on very isolated islands. But as a positive, we have also seen over the past few years an incredible increase in the publics awareness of environmental issues, which has kick started positive action.” You sponsor some of the world’s most talented and famous riders. How are the pro-riders involved with the project? MD: Faced with environmental issues on a daily basis, Quiksilver and Roxy riders play an important role. They offer their own personal support to the long-standing efforts to preserve the mountain and marine environments that represent our “playgrounds.”

When did Roxy and Quiksilver introduce eco and organic products into their apparel ranges? MD: In 2001, we used 5 tons of organic cotton and now we are using over 150 tons.In 2010, 5.4% of Quiksilver and Roxy production is eco-friendly using organic cotton, recycled polyester and recycled and recyclable polyester named “Eco Circle”.

“Sustainability means changes and it’s also one of the big issues: we have to sensitize people to think different and be innovative in finding new solutions to reduce our footprint...”

Some of our riders have become the ambassadors and spokesmen for our different projects. Snowboarder Mathieu Crepel, Sailor Samantha Davies and Surfers Lee-Ann Curren, Alain Riou and Kelly Slater are all involved with the “Green Campaign.” These athletes support charities and associations personally, but also through projects run by Quiksilver. For example, every season, Mathieu 34

Crepel works closely with our in house design team to design and develop a line of recycled polyester and Eco-Circle products, which he himself then uses in snowboarding competitions all around the world.

What have been the major challenges for the brand in endeavoring to produce an ethical range of products from design to the shop floor? MD: The challenge is to produce cool eco-friendly products at a good price. Tell us more about the recyclable polyester, ‘Eco-Circle’ products. Is this unique to Quiksilver and Roxy? MD: Eco-Circle is a closed-loop recycling system for polyester products. Garments are pulverized and bleached to be recycled in polyester raw material. The quality of the final fibre is even better than polyester from petroleum. As the ‘No Water Sucks’ campaign will run throughout Europe’s major cities, how do you hope the striking images will affect the general public in these environments? MD: We want to shake them up a little and increase the awareness of the fact that water will be the new gold in the future. These images are strong enough to reach across all generations and communicate how the lack of water will affect us in the future if we don’t act now.

People can act directly going into our shops buying an eco-product or bracelet contributing in our projects and people can also participate through our website by entering the on-line competition by sending their own vision of NO WATER SUCKS with an image. Through the campaign, we hope that people will spread the word so the water guardians “Army” can grow! QUIKSILVER

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Emma looking radiant in her new collaborative fashion line with People Tree, “Love from Emma�

A few of the many eco-thoughtful products produced by Quiksilver and Roxy

A model highlights eco-bracelet in support of the No Water Sucks campaign.



Trendsetters British

WRITTEN by: Belinda Morris

Proving that having impeccable ethical credentials, is obviously no impediment to style, we quizzed nine leading British eco trend-setters about their life, loves and inspirations


How did you start your business? People Tree is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary next year in Tokyo and 10th in London. I found myself in Tokyo after my husband and I moved there for his work. Being the green consumer I have always been I set up an NGO called Global Village and began producing and publishing a small free leaflet that provided consumers with environmental and organic listings – the ‘green’ information I believed people needed. Before long I had four full-time staff members - working from my home in order to carry out the growing activities of Global Village. Global Village operated from my home for nine years, growing to 17 staff members trying to coordinate catalogue production, sales to 500 shops, events and campaigns (and getting two children to bed), and it was time to take a commercial office space. In 1995 Fair Trade Company was formed as a limited company and a shop was opened in the fashionable Jiyugaoka district, in Tokyo and then In 1997 we added a Fair Trade Fashion Collection, using eco-textiles, including organic cotton, to the products sold by Fair Trade Company, and the first People Tree collection was launched. What inspires you? The difference I see Fair Trade is making every time I visit one of our producer groups in a developing country. Traditional handskills being maintained, families who can stay together and work in their local villages, fair wages and good conditions for all. It’s what People Tree is all about. Who is your style icon? Angelina Jolie – she always looks amazing as has such great ethics too. What is your favorite fashion item? Doing what I do I love organic cotton or items with great embellishments like hand embroidery. ** 36

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How did you start your business? My brother Nicola had the idea of opening the first ever shop on the high street which would sell all things eco and sustainable for the home. It was 3 years ago - and we still are the only shop where you can find everything, from A to Z; to build, design furnish and accessorize your home sustainably

How did you start your business? From Somewhere, began trading in 1997 with a small capsule collection of second hand jumpers and cardigans individually customized with elaborate crochet trims and details. Originally sold exclusively at The Cross in London, From Somewhere was quickly noticed by buyers internationally, and what had started as a one product-one season wonder became one of the first labels to consistently address the issue of waste within the fashion industry. Filippo Ricci, my partner, joined in 2000 as Master Designer and we have gone from strength-to-strength with many projects such as founding Estethica at London Fashion Week. We are currently consulting on a wider Ethical Fashion consulting project and are working with Clothing at Tesco as well as the European online retailer Yoox and their new ethical section.


What inspires you? Mainly the people I meet every day and with whom I work. Ideas come out during each single meeting and encounter, sometimes you don’t even realize it immediately. I have friends who inspire me all the time, sometimes with what they cook, or for the places they live in. Also, I travel so often and even by living in a city like London, where you are fortunate enough to constantly being exposed to different cultures and colors and smells. Who is your style icon? I would never been able to choose one icon! I love to mix and match from different sources and different people. My girlfriend Monique has the best extravagant and funky wardrobe. Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn are my style icons for elegance. What is your favorite fashion item? It would have to be accessories! I don’t know if it’s a category in itself or just an “item” but you can have the same black trousers and t-shirt for a week and change your accessories, and you’ed be a different person every day and ready for all sorts of different occasions! Some style tips please: My number one style tip is: keep your wardrobe very simple and do not use too many colors. Collect accessories – scarves, jewelry, shoes, bags. Keep them for ever as you will use them for ever! **

From Somewhere

What inspires you? I am what I find – I design my collection by looking at what material has been made available to me; pre consumer waste, end of rolls, vintage lace, etc. From Somewhere has always set out looking for beautiful scraps out of a creative need to make original clothes. Who is your style icon? I have two: [the poet] Anna Akhmatova & Jane Birkin. What is your favorite fashion item? Anything worn by my Venetian grandmother, or my aunt. I am the same size as them, and have inherited some very serious fashion pieces indeed.** BRITISH TRENDSETTERS | Continued




How did you start your business? The idea of TNC was born by both Katherine Poulton and I many years ago. Our grandmothers were both knitters and we thought it would be wonderful idea if the skills of many grannies were actually utilized and championed and the craft of knitting was brought back. We then met Izzy Davies who keeps rare breed sheep and our idea soon became more of a reality. Through a mutual friend we met Alice Ashby in New York where she was working as assistant knitwear designer for Rag & Bone and the circle was complete. We had sheep/wool/ designer. Then the four of us set about finding grannies, girls and a few strong men.

How did you start your business? I have always made jewelry since I was a child, and my travels showed me in a deeper way how jewelry played such a role in peoples sense of identity and the complex belief systems around materials and shapes and symbols. The jewelry I made slowly began to grow from making for a few friends, to shops and consulting jobs like Gucci, Chloe to wholesale around the world. Nearly three years ago I opened my new shop, now I have a second one in LA.

How did you start your business? When I arrived in Ecuador in 1990 to carry out research for my MA in Native American Studies, I never imagined that 20 years later I would be supporting 1200 textile producers in the Andean region. On a research trip to look at textile production, I was shocked to see how middlemen controlled the wool trade, overcharging the knitters when they purchased wool and paying risible prices for the finished articles.

The North Circular

What inspires you? This season we are inspired by sea faring community; the traceability of items; identity of pieces; the local cobbled stones of London; masonic symbols and the Book of Kells. Who is your style icon? Audrey Hepburn and 1970s super cool hippies. What is your favorite fashion item? A pair of Christain Louboutins and a Roland Mouret power dress. Some style tips please: Don’t tie your shoelaces in a revolving door.** 38

Jewelry Designer

What inspires you? I am inspired by nature, by the curves of a petal, the furls of leaves, by vegetables shapes, corals, buds and blossoms in the gardens and forests of places I have visited. Who is your style icon? I admire simple elegance, farmers in Rajasthan in their colored skirts, Tirgian woman in Ethiopia, the Kuna Indians in Panama and their creative visions sown on their their blouses. Style is part who you are, your expression to the world. What is your favorite fashion item? At the moment a ruffled silk wrap by Dosa - it makes everything elegant!


Outraged by these injustices and seeing an opportunity to help, I returned to Ecuador to provide a sales outlet for these groups who were unable to trade locally. With no background in design, I created knitwear patterns, combined them with natural dyes and handfired raku buttons, and my first collection was born. What inspires you? Every time I visit South America and I see the tangible difference which our fair trade practices have made to the lives of our producers and their communities. What is your favorite fashion item? At the moment it is a fantastic grey wool pinstripe dress with silver lining from Amin Phillips.

Some style tips please: Comfort, dress so you feel your self, play with color, texture, mix references.**

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Jo Wood Organics How did you start your business? I started my business by mixing oils at home for my own personal use as I was struggling to find any organic products that I felt were luxurious and organic. I wanted to make the organic beauty industry sexy so more people would realize that it is so important to think about what we put on our skin. This led onto me giving my oils away to friends and family. I got such a fantastic response I decided to turn it into a business and started developing Jo Wood Organics in 2003. I launched the brand in 2005. What inspires you? I am inspired by my travels, my family, my love of 1970s Biba and all things vintage. I have given all the fragrances in my range African names as my mother is South African and I holiday in Africa each year – it is such a beautiful country with an ancient heritage. Who is your style icon? Bridget Bardot – I just loved her style. What is your favorite fashion item? Difficult one...probably a fab vintage dress mixed with my biker boots, Some style tips please: Never throw anything out as it always comes back into fashion. And don’t be afraid to recycle and customise your wardrobe...this will ensure you always have a unique look.**


How did you start your business? With £50, in 1969 on a label called Tuttabankem an anagram of my name and that of my friend from Central St. Martins that I studied with and then started the business with, Anne Buck. What inspires you? Cool, people, friends and family I love and admire. What is your favorite fashion item? Vintage shoes. Some style tips please: Shoes and hair are very important. In Africa they say flaunt what is beautiful about yourself and if it’s ugly, hide it. Your favorite shopping destination? Vintage fairs.**


How did you start your business? I had my life savings (not much) a few years worth of experience working with fair trade organizations in India and Nepal and lots of ideas. Put them all together, worked my arse off and created Tammam. A few wedding dress commissions and seeing the need for an ecowedding dress designer made me fuse the brand into a bridal and high end company. What inspires you? The past, times when things were valued a lot more than they are now. Nature and surrealism...real life. Who is your style icon? Coco Chanel in the 1930s. What is your favorite fashion item? Red lipstick and my black beret. Some style tips please: Um, red lipstick! Flatter and accentuate your figure, never try to hide it. Your favorite shopping destination? I used to love vintage shops, but its so hard to find anything good anymore. Rococo boutique in Muswell Hill - what a treasure of a shop.**



I Dream Of Wires WRITTEN by: Gary Kingsnorth PHOTOGRAPHY provided by: Mel Enright

For all fans eighties fashion, toys and gadgets I Dream Of Wires is the perfect place for those difficult to find 80’s reinvented fashions Originally the coolest vintage store in London trendy Brick Lane and launched by one of London’s renowned fashion stylists Lou Winwood, who has styled many British musicians including Amy Winehouse, Girls Aloud, PJ Harvey and contributed fashion to the pages of magazines such as Nylon and Time Out, and partner Pete Voss of nineties band Campag Velocet and ex i-D stylist. Their obsession with vintage clothing and gadgets is taking London by storm. I Dream Of Wires fashion label comprises a mix of fantastic 80’s vintage pieces--think Joan Collins in Dynasty meets trendy Shoreditch in the 00’s- reworked and restyled to create a collection of exciting, colorful and eclectic women’s wear which is only for those looking to stand out from the crowd. Their work is an interesting and fascinating look at fashion which can often be dull and uninspiring. Lou’s inspiration comes from designers such as Jeremy Scott, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Bernard Wilhem, and fashion that is crazy and self-expressive, which is probably why it has been an eccentric London hit. 40

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“Peoples houses are so bland and identikit these days – there is even a Dulux paint colour called Eternal Beige. That sums up how I feel about it. So depressing!” - Lou Winwood, Fashion Stylist

Pete and Louise have been hoarders of everything from vintage clothing to furniture via kitchenware, art, animal horns they have found on various London rubbish skips or the streets of London where they are often told off for stealing items from people’s trash; If it looked in good condition then they took it home. Lou and Pete were often looking around Sir John Soane’s house in Lincoln Inn Fields, which hasn’t changed since 1837. Sir John was a famous British architect and a pillager of amazing pieces from around the world (which is like going on a journey to the past), and has been a huge inspiration to them both. Their home became completely chaotic, and everything from the bed linen, mugs, glasses, lamps, curtains and furniture is second hand. “Peoples houses are so bland and identikit these days – there is even a Dulux paint colour called Eternal Beige. That sums up how I feel about it. So depressing!” says Lou. Their home challenges the notion that we need to buy everything brand new whilst showing the world an example that you can be stylish, cool, colourful and environmentally friendly by recycling everything, to help contribute to less waste.** I DREAM OF WIRES

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Beauty and the

Brits WRITTEN by: Emma


Throughout history the Brits have charted a course that always seems just a little further out there, a little more edgy and a little more daring than their commonwealth counterparts. Leading the way as they’ve always done and completely counter to the common conception – shrinking violets and conservative types they are not! So in keeping with the cool factor and down to earth insouciance they seem to inherently possess, and embracing some of the key looks that have led the trends and affected every decade from the 60’s until now, we’re taking you on a journey with looks that capture the past while embracing the now. We highlight some of the best British skincare collections to invade these shores and some that haven’t yet infiltrated US counters, but watch out…they’re coming! Since well before anyone else decided the idea of being verdant made sense, the Brits have been developing some of the most luxurious organic and natural body smoothers around - we’re showcasing the best of the bunch. Enjoy!

PHOTOGRAPHY by: Jeffrey Filterman MODEL: Athena Wilson, Ford LA MAKE UP by: Julianne Kaye ASST. by: Kelly Hunt HAIR by: Judd Minter SPOTLIGHT ON FASHION | Continued


Mod 60’s TO MODERN

The 60’s were full of revolution, breaking rules and exploring new boundaries, but the British in particular did it with great style when it came to beauty. Mary Quant, Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Edie Sedgwick et al, changed the landscape from housewife to modern girl with bumper amounts of lashes, black eyeliner, saturated color palettes & hiked hemlines. Just as it was groundbreaking then, it’s relevant now, and we still see all of those things in makeup today.

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek – Muse Unique formula that combines hydration and protection with abundant raw mineral pigments for a youthful, radiant color finish on either lips or cheeks. - $36.00

Korres Travel Size Face Primer

Zoya Nail Polish – HappiA Voted the longest wearing nail polish that delivers non-toxic nails, there’s no formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP

Create a flawless visage by priming your face first. Loaded with skin perfecting and smoothing natural ingredients and no petrochemicals.

- $7.00

- $10.00

Green People Volumizing Mascara – Black Fabulously rich, non-smudge black mascara with shea butter and almond oil that condition lashes, and dense pigments to create a volume effect that lasts all day. - £13.99

Organic Glam Photo Finish Antioxidant Pressed Powder Infused with Green Tea, lemon Grape and Vitamins A, C and E, this face powder not only protects the skin but also imparts a matte, flawless finish. - $69.00

100% Pure Fruit-Pigmented Gel Eyeliner – Blackberry This 100% natural, long-wear gel eyeliner shapes and dramatizes your eyes using only natural ingredients. Makes your eyes pop while feeding your skin with antioxidants & peptides. - $18.00 46

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Flower 70’s POWER

The 70’s ushered in an era of feminism and empowerment for women. Alongside that liberation was an increasing consciousness about the planet, being eco-friendly and embracing natural. No slouches, the Brits had been quietly farming organically for decades before it was fashionable to do so.

Tarte Lash Hugger Natural Mascara With packaging composed of post-consumer recycled aluminum and a formula that’s natural, this eco-friendly mascara also delivers volume, length and curl.

Physicians Formula Bamboo Wear: Compact Refillable packaging that’s made from sustainable bamboo houses pressed mineral powder or bronzer for a natural, healthy glow that’s easy on the planet. - $6.95/ Refill $9.95

- $18.00

Tarte Natural Cheek Stain – Natural Beauty Loaded with antioxidants like goji and acai, this cheek stain will give a natural looking flush that’s great for lips too. - $30.00

Josie Maran Natural Wonder Powder Palette New for Spring 2010 this set contains a multitude of colors for mixing and matching whether you want neutral or statement making.

Rich Hippie Perfume – Flower Child An airy, floral and sexy concoction of Bulgarian and Turkish Rose, blended with Madagascan Geranium & Croation Lavender Flower. - $125.00

- $35.00

Cargo Plant Love Lipstick Creamy, organic concealer that brightens & freshens the eye area, while offering perfect coverage and a luminous glow - $20.00


Pretty 80’s IN PUNK

The Punk movement not only revolutionized the music industry but it ushered in a new form of self expression in the way people looked and dressed that had never been seen before. Like it or not, it was fresh, new, bold and full of attitude. While the punk movement ran its course, we still see all the influences of it in beauty today. Bare Escentuals Tutorial – Rocker Eye

100% Pure Fruit-Pigmented Mascara – Black Tea

Bold, rebellious and full of attitude, this set comes complete with instructions on how to achieve edgy and smokin’ eyes. Unleash your inner rock star. - $38.00

Strong eye colors demand equally strong mascara. This one delivers long spidery lashes and great volume to make your eyes pop with proVitamin B5 & antioxidants. - $21.00

Korres Soft Eyeliner Pencil – Black

Priti Nail Polish –Black Eyed Susan

No rocker eye is complete without a soft, smudgy eyeliner that provides bold definition. This one contains Macadamia Nut Oil and vitamin E and comes in vivid colors from black to yellow. - $18.00

Safe and non-toxic this nail polish is fast-drying, chip resistant and contains built in UV blockers for durability. - $12.50

Organic Glam Concealer

Aveda Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color – Sugar Apple

Perfect to camouflage imperfections and blemishes while infusing the skin with green tea, tea tree and vitamins A, C & E. Comes in a palette of four creamy shades. - $47.95


Ultra moisturizing and smoothing with organic spearmint and vanilla - tastes and smells as good as it looks. - $15.00

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British Skincare INVASION WRITTEN by: Emma


The British were doing organic & natural long before it ever became au courant to jump aboard the verdant bandwagon, so it stands

Pai Anti-Aging Echium Eye Cream Echium is rich in GLA and Omega 3 that have been proven to promote healthy cell growth and combat signs of aging. Softens fine lines & hydrates without being heavy. - $38.00

to reason that they’ve finessed – to perfection – some of the most sophisticated, well-conceived and modern skincare collections to be found. From anti-aging genius to seasonal systems that provide serious environmental buffering, here’s a selection of some of the finest. Not only do they look good - they work... naturally.


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Face Boutique Peachy Clean Cleanser Loaded with fruit antioxidants and ingredients such as prebiotics to reduce breakouts, zinc-rich smithsonite to regulate sebum, and strawberry extracts to tone. Perfect for young or problematic skin. - $20.00

Elemental Herbology Oil-Free Facial Hydrator SPF12 An ultralight nutrient-rich moisturizer that combines retinol, biodynamic algae and pearl extract to cool, balance and repair summer skin. The collection includes two distinct lines to address skins needs for the seasons: one for summer, one for winter.

Organic Apoteke Rasayana Rejuvenating Serum Described as 6x serums in one, this is proven to reduce fine lines by 60%, firmness by 38%, sagging by 21% and more. Everything you need in an anti-aging serum. - $90.00

- $69.00

Evolve Cleansing Melt This soap-free cleansing balm melts onto skin then transforms into a creamy cleanser that removes all dirt and impurities leaving it soft and smooth. - ÂŁ10.99

The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Cream Full of rose otto (well-known for being calming and restorative), this nourishing but lightweight day cream combines some of nature’s best botanicals to encourage cell regeneration while delivering anti-aging benefits. - $71.00






Since the early 70’s, British hair-

Green People Intensive Repair Conditioner

dressers like Vidal Sassoon and

A welcome treat for stressed-out hair, this luxurious treatment is perfect for color-treated, damaged or dry hair, boosting shine and hair strength.

Trevor Sorbie have been pioneering some of the most influential

- £10.50

hairstyles still being seen today

- the bob, the wedge, the chop and others. While the natural & organic hair care industry is arguably catching up to the genius of its’ stylists, there are a few collections that are worthy of note… Faith In Nature Chocolate Shampoo & Condtioner Great for brunettes or dark haired girls, this nourishing duo contains organic chocolate and sage that give great shine while restoring balance to the scalp. - £4.70 each


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The OrganicRoots2Ends Hair ButteR Formulated with purely natural ingredients like shea butter and virgin coconut oil, this butter imparts shine and health to dry or damaged hair. - £8.49

Fushi Stimlator Lotion Packed with herbs like bay, rosemary and lemon to stimulate circulation and encourage growth, while jojoba, wild carrot and vitamin E oils nourish the scalp. - £16.98

Green & Spring Relaxing Shampoo

BALANCE ME SHINY CLEAN CONDITIONER WITH JASMINE & GRAPEFRUIT Deliciously scented this lightweight but restorative conditioner is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids to strengthen hair and scalp.

Handmade in the British Isles and inspired by kitchen herbs, this gentle shampoo is great for everyday use – not to mention it looks gorgeous! - £16.00

- £10.00

Headonism Responsibly packaged in amber glass with sustainable cork & oak wood stoppers, this gorgeous collection comes in three unique blends that are aromatherapy based to suit your senses, and your hair. - £14.00







In true British form, to women such as Lady Bamford (wife of a gazillionaire property mogul) and Kathy Phillips (Beauty Director for Conde Nast Asia), using less than the best and not doing things properly simply won’t do. Along with the other brands listed here,

Neals Yard Frankincense & Mandarin Body Lotion Lightweight but nourishing and hydrating, this lotion contains a beautiful combination of skin oils such as pumpkin seed, hemp seed and jojoba. - $29.00

they’ve produced some of the most exotic and luxurious body products in existence. Extensively travelling the globe for rare oils, plus sampling from their own farms, the ingredients found in these ultra rich treats are the finest to be found anywhere. Don’t hold back & slather up!


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Ila Body Balm Loaded with Argan Oil, Rose Otto and Shea butter this rich cream is a skin treat. Deeply moisturizing with all the benefits of aromatherapy combined with hydration - $78.00

Nude Moisturizing Body Cream An award-winning body cream that contains hyaluronic acid to bind moisture to skin, and cupuacu butter that delivers luxurious hydration; all with the delicious scent of hibiscus - $48.00

Ren Wild Yam Omega 7 Firming Body Cream Bamford Chamomile Nourishing Botanical Body OiL There are only a few lines out there that make me feel as though I’m basking in aromatherapy bliss – this is one of them. Refined, elegant and captures the essence of your favorite spa.

A rich body cream with wild yam and seabuckthorn to repair, promote collagen synthesis, improve elasticity and boost moisture retention levels - $57.00

- $72.00

This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil Very rich, non-greasy, natural body oil with therapeutic levels of pure essential oils expertly blended to deliver exceptional results. Smells unbelievable. - $60.00


Kahina Giving Beauty Serum Organic argan oil, boosted by organic buckthorn seed oil and organic coffee oil repair tissue damage, prevent moisture loss, reduce inflammation and even & brighten skin tone. Extremely rich but lightweight and absorbs beautifully. - $58.00

Ren Glycolactic Acid Skin Renewal Peel: A potent, bioactive mask that contains papain enzymes and a fruit acid complex, that visibly brightens and smoothes giving you a radiant complexion - a bestseller and Beauty Editor fave for good reason. - $55.00

Bamford Geranium Bath Oil Harvested responsibly and crafted with the most advanced skin care methods available, the result is a rich, luxurious bath oil that’ll send you to heaven and leave your skin baby soft. - $72.00

Beauty Director LOVES Selected by: Emma


I’m regularly sent slews of the latest this, or the greatest that, but sadly most organic & natural beauty brands still fall short of matching or outperforming their conventional counterparts. However, there are an increasing number of superstar products that do deliver and the purpose of this column is to profile the ‘musthaves’, the ‘definitely-works’ and the ‘don’t-leave-home-without-this’ items that are taking the organic beauty world by storm…

Mod.Skin Crème Nutri-functional with White Lotus & Kelp Regenerative & strengthening, Norwegian Kelp, Grapeseed, Lotus & Green Tea, protect from damage and deliver a complete source of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, amino acids, and trace nutrients to skin. - $48.00

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek – Promise Combines hydration and protection with abundant raw mineral pigments for a youthful, radiant color finish on either lips or cheeks. - $38.00



The Organic

Pharmacy a glamorous spin on homeopathy

WRITTEN by: Jolene Hart PHOTOGRAPHY Provided by: The

Organic Pharmacy

Trekking through a foreign country, you recognize the cross outside a pharmacy or apothecary as a symbol of care and healing, even if you don’t speak the language. I find it quite fitting that products from organic beauty and homeopathy brand The Organic Pharmacy also bear this sign. The blue cross and blooming flower on every Organic Pharmacy label reflect the mission at the core of the brand: to heal the body, inside and out, with organic, botanicallybased remedies. If you imagine for a minute that The Organic Pharmacy could get lost in the sea of botanical beauty brands on the market today, think again. Since the company launched in the UK in 2002 it has become a distinctive force in organic beauty, for both its individualized, homeopathic focus and its glamorous image. How glamorous? Just ask Gwyneth, Reese, Demi or Madonna, a few of the brand’s A-list celebrity fans. Or visit an Organic Pharmacy store in the UK or Los Angeles and view for yourself the sleek interior design and luxe packaging created by founders Margo and Francesco Marrone. “We really wanted to create a space that was modern but with old-fashioned service; luxurious but at the same time serious and 64

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professional, glamorous and stylish,” says Margo Marrone. Today the Marrones have proven that natural, homeopathic treatments for skin and body can be as highly sought-after as any mainstream beauty products. The Organic Pharmacy’s products, free from artificial preservatives, colorants, fragrances and petrochemicals and 95-99% organic, currently retail in 17 countries. Which brings me to the goods: I was impressed (not to mention pleased) to find The Organic Pharmacy’s skincare effective in soothing my sensitive, winter-weary skin and rendering it noticeably more radiant. No product convinced me of this faster than the Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream. With its light, whipped texture and scent of roses, this cream seems to accelerate overnight repair and consistently deliver refreshed skin by morning. It’s also impossible to know The Organic Pharmacy without experiencing its Carrot Butter Cleanser; a balm of shea and cocoa butter, rosemary, jojoba oil, marigold and carrot that loosens makeup, sebum and grime when massaged onto dry skin. The result, once wiped away with a damp cloth, is skin that is clean (but not stripped), exfoliated and dewy enough to make you obsessively stockpile it in your cabinet so you’ll never run out. You wouldn’t be the first to do so! Given Margo Marrone’s pharmaceutical and homeopathic background, it’s not a surprise that her products put botanicals to such effective use. Marrone uses St John’s wort and calendula, which she describes as two of homeopathy’s ‘top healing herbs,’ as active ingredients in many of her skincare formulations. If you’re looking for another user testimonial, consider that The Organic Pharmacy’s skincare products had fans even before they had names. “Most

people don’t realize this but The Organic Pharmacy skin care was designed on a one-on-one basis. I would see clients with skin problems and custom blend them a homeopathic cream to help their skin conditions as well as prescribe internal remedies. I found that the homeopathic creams worked so well that they came back and referred friends, asking for more,” Marrone says. The brand was born. You may get to know The Organic Pharmacy through its skincare but become a lifelong follower for its supplements and homeopathic remedies, many of them still custom-blended and dispensed apothecary-style by The Organic Pharmacy’s experts. These creams, tinctures and capsules treat an extensive range of issues, from arthritis and jet lag to sore throat and cellulite. The most sought-after remedy is the brand’s Detox Capsules that combat puffy eyes, dull skin and low energy. Another offshoot of The Organic Pharmacy is Organic Glam, a collection of natural makeup must-haves. And the brand continues to grow. Marrone says that 2010 will yield a much-anticipated Organic Glam mascara and a line of natural fragrances. Look for the Blue Cross!** THE ORGANIC PHARMACY




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JONES From Earth to Earth Day, In One Full Perfect Circle

In October of last year, iconic Milliner Stephen Jones OBE, and celebrity photographer Gitte Meldgaard, set out on a journey from Los Angeles to Utah. Although planned as a relaxing vacation with friends, a brilliant project was now in the works: a commission for Coco Eco Magazine. This had started a few days before during a conversation between Gitte and I. We were talking about wastefulness and it was then that her passion dawned on me.

WRITTEN by: Anna Griffin PHOTOGRAPHY by: Gitte Meldgaard STYLED by: Gary Harvey at Balcony Jump MODEL: Ben Grimes, Models 1, London Make Up by: Phyllis Coehn at DWM HAIR by: Colin Gold at Joe Management NY PRODUCTION by: Anna Griffin at Coco Eco Magazine All hats made-to-order by Stephen Jones

“People are just so wasteful. I don’t understand it. They have this beautiful planet, this nature, and they just take it so for granted,” she lamented. The conversation progressed as she shared that her dearest friend, Stephen Jones was arriving from London the next day. For those of you unfamiliar with Stephen, he is I would say, the world’s greatest hat designer. A true artist and creative genius, Stephen has an unparalleled pedigree, and a client list that reads like a “Who’s Who” of fashion and celebrity. COVER STORY | Continued

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Coincidentally, Stephen was my babysitter when I was very little, as we lived in the same cul-de-sac in Maidenhead, Berkshire. However, after both families left the area, all contact was lost. Fast-forward a few decades, to mine and Gitte’s conversation in LA, and it starts to come full circle.

into gear, I knew Coco Eco had to do something to help. I was leaving for London for a photo shoot that already had a philanthropic directive, and I knew that there might be the possibility of taking it further.

“Wouldn’t it be great if he would do something for Coco Eco?” I said. “Absolutely. I’ll ask,” Gitte replied. Sure enough, she did, and Stephen, truly gracious and a gentleman, agreed. The storyline was simple. Capture the beauty of nature in an effort to illustrate its impending extinction, and with that, Stephen and Gitte headed into the wild, to see what they could find. And so began the Stephen Jones Nature Project for Coco Eco.

However, the next part of the mission was not so simple. Get the Stephen Jones headdresses from Los Angeles to London in one piece. No easy feat considering how fragile the material was. The morning of my flight, Gary and I were frantically wrapping the precious pieces of art. Six headdresses were bubble-wrapped, and placed into a recycled Epson printer 4ft x 4ft box. The seventh, the very large double-pronged branch (and the crowning glory) I would personally handcarry to London. (Upon seeing this earlier, a friend had laughed. “It’s a bloody tree. You’re going to have to saw it in half to get it there.” “No!” I had cried. “It’s a Stephen Jones masterpiece. It might look like half a tree to you, but to the fashion industry, this is art. There’s no way I can saw it in half.”)

That weekend, I got a call from Utah. They were off on a treasure hunt on the ranch, racing around in a golf buggy, picking up pieces lying on the grounds. Not long after that, pictures started coming through of Stephen’s creations. He was hard at work assembling bits of plants and other objects, creating seven Object D’Arts that would be photographed for Coco Eco Magazine. When Gitte and Stephen returned to LA, I raced over to see the creations. In the box lay six headdresses: beautiful plants; a wagon; a map; a sign; an animal’s skull; photographs; ribbon; all carefully crafted into six exquisite Stephen Jones masterpieces. Another, a huge doubled-pronged branch lay to the side. It was genius.

“These are all things we found lying around on the ranch. We literally just picked them up from nature and made them into hats.”

“These are all things we found lying around on the ranch,” said Stephen. “We literally just picked them up from nature and made them into hats.” Spoken like a true artist! Not long after it became very clear to us all. This was a British fashion story and should be told in London, and Issue 10/The British Special was born. Our Creative Director, Gary Kingsnorth, offered another stroke of brilliance to the story. He would ask Gary Harvey, British designer, and creator of the iconic Financial Times dress, to style the shoot. Gitte, Gary Kingsnorth, and I would decamp to the UK for our cover story with Stephen Jones and Gary Harvey. British “It” girl, Ben Grimes would join as cover girl, and Stephen would generously make one of the headdresses into a hat to be donated to Christie’s Earth Day Auction. It was on.

It was obvious I would have to enroll help in this journey and the safe arrival of my precious cargo, but as this was ultimately a charitable mission, I felt comfortable in reaching out. This is where I have to give thanks to the kindness of friends at Virgin America, and the Virgin Atlantic ground staff. Their commitment to helping Haiti was clear, and upon arrival to LAX, the box was labeled “FRAGILE,” and carefully dispatched; the over-bearing and fragile headdress escorted through security and onto the aircraft, to be stowed in First Class until arrival into Heathrow. We were on our way!

The week of leaving, the mind-blowingly tragic earthquake happened in Haiti. The world was stunned, and as relief efforts kicked

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COVER STORY | Continued

Hat made to order from Stephen Jones, jeans from Levi’s Vintage Clothing, scarf from Antique Boutique, leather and recycled glass beads stylists own.

COVER STORY | Continued

Saturday morning, the star team arrived to our shoot in Battersea. Like a scene out of Vogue, Stephen, Gary Harvey, and Gitte got to work, whilst hair and make up, Colin Gold and Phyllis Cohen went to work on our model, Ben. The day was effortless: A harmonious group of artists coming together to create a masterpiece, filmed under the watchful gaze of my dear friend, Sin. A brilliant and patient cover girl in Ben, and in true Coco Eco style, a three-legged dog was even present, courtesy of Gary Harvey! As the day progressed, the story developed, and it became very clear the level of integrity and passion in the room. I asked Gitte why she had wanted to do this project. “I just can’t believe what’s happening to the planet, it won’t be long before we can’t really be in the sun anymore, breathe the air or drink the water. I really wanted to see if I could do something that would make people see this nature with different eyes. Instead of taking it for granted, you actually start to notice it.”

Stephen agreed, “What we do is the most crazy thing but at the same time it has to have a conscience. It has to have a reason for being.” The day was a truly moving and memorable experience, and none more so than when I asked Stephen if he would be kind enough to make a second hat to contribute toward the Haiti efforts. His response was an immediate yes. He would recreate the Map of Utah hat that was assigned to Christies’ Earth Day Auction, using a map of Haiti. We immediately got online in search of the map that would become our second donation, and I got to work finding a benefactor. It wasn’t a difficult choice. We were already talking to the team at Virgin Unite as Sarah Backhouse had just interviewed CEO Jean Oelwang for our Action column, and the Virgin Group has been at the forefront in responding to the Haitian crisis. I reached out with our offering, and they graciously said yes.

“I really wanted to see if I could do something that would make people see this nature with different eyes. Instead of taking it for granted, you actually start to notice it.”

Stephen added, “There were some burned roots, and a sign; different things we found and we just put them all together. Millions of those things everywhere, but you just take one and put it on somebody’s head and you realize it’s the most beautiful thing in the world.”

The Fashion Industry is not known for its compassion for the planet, yet both Gary and Stephen are designers who care, and are known for reusing fabrics and objects in creating their famous pieces. Gary was explicit. “There’s years of life left in these garments but I was starting to get sick of this attitude of people that go to these fashion chains, spend fifty quid, and don’t even wear half of it. What the f--- was that about? There are people in the world that don’t have any clothes!” 74

As we prepare to launch this issue, Coco Eco has been invited to exhibit the headdresses and artwork at BritWeek’s Pre-Gala VIP Reception, with special guest, Sir Richard Branson. The Map of Haiti hat will be presented as part of the Gala Auction to benefit Save the Children and Virgin Unite. This prestigious event will take place in Los Angeles on April 22nd, Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary. At the same time, the Map of Utah hat will be going under the gavel at Christies’ Earth Day Auction in New York.

That I got to work with Stephen Jones OBE and Gary Harvey, and experience the sheer level of artistry and integrity within our team was already a dream come true. That through this collaboration, and the generosity of many people, we will collectively make a positive impact, not only for our planet, but also its inhabitants, makes the dream a brilliant reality. When we started this journey together, none of us knew where it would lead, but literally it has gone straight from the earth (via Utah, LA and London) to its final destination, Earth Day. And just like the Earth, it completes its journey in a perfect circle and in perfect time!** BRIT WEEK CHRISTIE’S GREEN AUCTION STEPHEN JONES VIRGIN UNITE

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Hat made to order from Stephen Jones, jacket from Noir, trousers from Junky Styling.

Hat made to order from Stephen Jones, top made to order from Gary Harvey, jewellery stylists own.


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Hat made to order from Stephen Jones, jacket from Noir, trousers from Junky Styling.


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MEN WE LOVE: Chaske Spencer Interview with a Werewolf

WRITTEN by: Vicki Godal PHOTOGRAPHY provided by: ALL JSQUARED PHOTOGRAPHY and new Moon

During our recent interview, Chaske Spencer commented on the looming crisis at the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in Montana, “I’m just trying to stay cool, you know? I keep telling myself to just stay cool,” Spencer said. After interviewing this rising star, it’s obvious that Spencer is cool, quite cool, however that’s not the way he meant it. “New Moon’s” reigning werewolf Sam Uley, confidante to Bella Swan and enemy of immortal Edward Cullen in the Twilight series, Spencer intends to use his fame for something more important than the usual “celebrity as clothing designer, perfumer or bottled water face” avenues. “I’m not really in to the spotlight. It comes with the job but I’m not comfortable with it. I never have been,” Spencer explained. “I want to shift the focus to bring it to something that needs it very badly. I’m very fortunate in that I’m in a position where I can do that.” Spencer wants to help his fellow 15,000 Cheyenne River Sioux who have been living on a 2.7 million acre reservation, roughly the size of the state of Connecticut, without electricity or water since January. Spencer wants the Cheyenne River Sioux to get the water infrastructure they were promised over 150 years ago in a public treaty with the Unites States government. On February 1st, 2010 the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe was forced to declare a state of emergency after severe ice storms and a below zero wind chill devastated the reservation, toppling more than 3000 power poles and 86

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Chaske Spencer with costar Julia Jones at PSA

leaving 13,000 people with no power, heat or water. Although some private corporations have helped with supplies, no one in the US government and few outside of Montana have heard or cared about the Cheyenne River Sioux’ desperate situation.

think they were really surprised when I actually lined up my first gig,” Spencer said. “They were like, well, who knew?”

Finally in mid-February, someone did hear and, as luck would have it, 34-year-old Sioux actor Chaske Spencer also cared. Like his New Moon character, Spencer has lived on reservations. Born in Oklahoma, Spencer grew up in Fort Peck, Montana as well as on reservations in Idaho. Between his high school counselor father and his high school teacher mother, Spencer is of the Lakota or Sioux, Nez Pierce, Cherokee and Creek tribes as well as French and Dutch.

“I bumped around New York for a while. I was an extra. I did a lot of theatre, sometimes not even getting paid. I was at the Public Theatre for a long time. It was definitely a learning process. Sometimes I got beaten out for major roles by a name. But I just kept auditioning and I stuck with it. That’s the biggest thing; perseverance,” Spencer said. “There’s been ups and downs for me. I’ve been broke and didn’t have a gig lined up. You just keep trudging through. To achieve what you want in life, in what ever field you choose, you have to work. You have to put a lot of time and discipline into it. Nothing’s given to you.”

“I come from humble beginnings. My parents… we were poor at one time,” Spencer said. I grew up on a reservation, so I’ve seen poverty first hand.”

Spencer’s first off-Broadway performance was as “Dracula.” Later, Rene Haynes saw Spencer and cast him not only in his first feature film “Skins,” but in many more films including Steven Spielberg’s “Into the West,” “New Moon” and “Eclipse.” Spencer quickly discovered that although celebrity was something that came with the job, it didn’t appeal to him.

Spencer attended college at Lewis and Clark State for one semester before dropping out and heading for New York City. “I wasn’t ready for school and I just felt in my gut that I needed to go to New York. I had to go to New York City. My parents took it with a grain of salt. They were very supportive of me. But I 88

For 10 years, Spencer auditioned and waited tables, auditioned and took acting classes with well-known acting teachers like David Gideon, auditioned and did theatre and auditioned some more.

“By all rights, I really shouldn’t be here. It’s the whole thing about acting. It’s so much luck. All I really did was put one foot forward.The creator, the universe, something got me here. So I try to give back as much as I can,” Spencer said. “I don’t want to be one of those actors in the spotlight. I’m very grateful for where I am now. In this way, I can use it for good.”

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Chaske has been seen in Steven Spielberg’s “INTO THE WEST,” the feature films “SKINS” and “DREAMKEEPER” as well as many NY theater projects.

His friend and manager, Josselyne Herman, turned Spencer on to the organization United Global Shift, which led to Spencer creating the “Shift the Power to the People” campaign. “We started getting organized and building the platform and infrastructure for Shift. Then, we started doing the campaign “Shift the power to the people,” Spencer said. “I want people to help make change. Look I’m not out there trying to change the world. I just want people to make the shift in their heads to give back and to help out.” Spencer is now using “Shift the Power to the People” to make people aware of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe’s dire circumstances. “The thing is the Cheyenne River Sioux aren’t asking the government to give them anything. This is something they were already given by treaty in the 1850s’. They don’t want donations. They want our government system to work for them,” Spencer said. “I’m asking for letters, calls and e-mails from people to their Congressmen and Senators telling them to stand for the US government fulfillment of a promise made generations ago to my people to build this water infrastructure for them.” Spencer said when he first heard about the situation of the Cheyenne River Sioux, he was not only shocked but angry. “I could not believe that I hadn’t heard anything about this. I was so angry. I talked to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Joseph Brings Plenty, who told me how the loss of electricity had knocked out the Reservation’s water system back in January. There was no running water on the entire Reservation and that it also affected

many off reservation communities whose water was supplied from pipes running through the Reservation,” Spencer said. “Joseph was so happy that this conversation was happening because no one’s been listening to them. This is so low under the radar, it’s almost like Katrina.There are people that are still there, just making do. It’s so bad but I’m just trying to be cool, you know. I’m really trying to stay cool.” According to Spencer, the estimated cost to replace the Cheyenne River Sioux’ water infrastructure is $4.1 million dollars. But it’s not just about replacing the pipes. “In order to have a town, in order to have a life there, they need their water rights. They need a water infrastructure just so they can attend to basic human needs,” Spencer said.“Getting water could reduce the unemployment there by creating jobs. I’ve lived on several reservations. Drugs and alcohol are a huge, huge problem there, partly because unemployment is so widespread. In fact, unemployment is 86% on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation.” With Shift the Power to the People, his friends and colleagues, Spencer put together a public service announcement and posted it on his Facebook page in February. Spencer hopes his fans MEN WE LOVE | Continued

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Chaske Spencer as the character Sam Uley in the film “NEW MOON”

and followers will come forward and support him by making the necessary calls and sending e-mails and letters to help the Cheyenne River Sioux get their water. “I know a lot of people follow me because of Twilight and if I can get some awareness and action from all the fans out there, that’s what I want,” Spencer said. “Within an hour after posting the PSA, we got 600 letters and it keeps climbing, so things are happening,” Spencer said. “But I need people to write to their Congressman. We’ve got people at United Global Shift that are writing letters and making calls to people in government right now, but I need a lot of help.” Spencer recently formed Urban Dream, a production company, with his manager as well as veteran producer Ted Kurdyla. Urban Dream is filmmaking that makes a difference, either by working to reduce poverty or by creating sustainable communities. The company is in development on a feature length documentary as well as a feature film. In the future, Spencer would like to see a film made about one of his favorite characters, Crazy Horse. “Crazy Horse was a warrior and a vision quester. 90

But he was also just a man who was put into extreme circumstances and did the best he could for his people. I used to love hearing stories about him that the elders passed down as oral legends. They were captivating, I liked the human side of him plus I’m Lakota (Sioux),” Spencer said. “There are many bands of Sioux. But at the end of the day, I’m a Sioux and Crazy Horse was a Sioux.” There’s future talk that Spencer might relocate to Los Angeles. “Eventually, I’ll make it out to LA. I’ve been trying to make that move but I’m a New Yorker at heart, I’ve lived here for 12 years,” Spencer said. “I love the vibe. I love the fact that I can go out on the street; I can walk anywhere I want to. I love that New York creative vibe too. I mean LA’s great, but this is where I am.” At the end of the day, Chaske Spencer also, is just a man trying to do the best he can for himself and his people. “You know, I’m surprised I made it this far,” Spencer laughed. “I just do the best I can and when I achieve something, I try to give something back.That’s what it’s all about. Someone out there gave back to you and that helped you get to where you need to be. No one ever gets there by themselves,” Spencer said. “I don’t care who the hell they are. No one ever gets there alone. Someone’s always helping someone out. That’s just the way it is.”** CHASKE SPENCER SHIFT THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE

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In his novel “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us,” Ralph Nader puts 17 enlightened billionaires together in a room to solve the world’s problems. The philanthropists take up the tough environmental and social challenges that government and corporations can’t, or won’t, confront. Those who’d love to see Nader’s work of fiction become non-fiction can find inspiration in Sir Richard Branson and his non-profit foundation, Virgin Unite Virgin Unite is the philanthropic arm of the Virgin Group. Formed in 2004, Virgin Unite encourages environmental and social change through entrepreneurialism. With a credo of “driving business as a force for good”, Branson and the Virgin Group generously bankroll operations so that all contributions can be used on the frontlines. Virgin Unite centers around three core con94

cepts: big ideas -- creating new global leadership models to address climate, conflict and disease; an entrepreneurial incubator -- social investments that lead to self-sustainable businesses; and business mobilization and inspiration -- acting as a business consultant to help drive change from the inside. We spoke with Virgin Unite CEO, Jean Oelwang, to learn more. Virgin Unite has dozens of initiatives, how do they come about? Ninety nine percent of the time they’re come about as a result of us listening to people who are doing the work. Often Richard will be in the field and get an idea by listening and learning from people on the frontlines and then the initiative will be created from that. We tend not to implement on the ground because that’s not where our strengths are. We seek partnerships to drive change. We very rarely will do anything on our own its about Virgin Unite ‘convening’ powers. How hands-on is Sir Richard Branson? Richard spends significant amounts of time with Virgin Unite. I think he’s at a point in his life when he wants to take that entrepreneurial wisdom and knowledge that he’s used so well in the business sector and look at how he can apply that to support and drive change with social and environmental issues. The beauty of Richard is that he really puts time and energy into going to the frontlines to understand the fundamentals before jumping in. And he’s always the first to say, “let’s partner and make sure we never, ever duplicate.” Let’s talk about The Elders -- how did such an eclectic and impressive group of people come together? The Elders act as an independent body to promote the shared

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Jean Oelwang CEO of Virgin Unite

interests of our ‘global village’. They offer the world wisdom gained through many years’ experience as leaders. The idea was created by Peter Gabriel, Richard and Nelson Mandela. Then Nelson and his wife Graça Machel invited a group of elders from around world, people who had no other agenda than that of serving humanity and who had proven they were focused on delivering a better world. They brought together a group of wonderful people like Archbishop Tutu (who’s the Chair), Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson, Ela Bhatt, Aung San Suu Kyi…there are 12 members now. Virgin Unite brought together 10 incredible partners to help get the organization off the ground. What’s their main focus? They focus on three things. Firstly, helping to end conflicts and build peace by working behind the scenes with leaders, for example in Cyprus, the Middle East, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Secondly, they’re putting a spotlight on specific global issues to amplify voices from the frontlines, such as the equality of women and girls as well as climate change. Finally, via their website, they are building a community of people who share their values and want to work with the Elders for a better world. Case Study: The Elders are very concerned about the effects of climate change, especially on future generations. Just before the Copenhagen summit last year, they joined forces with their grandchildren to highlight the devastating impact of climate change. As Desmond Tutu said, “look into our grandchildren’s eyes and remember, without a livable planet, nothing else will matter.” Tell me about Carbon War Room and the battles they’re waging... Richard wanted to bring great people together to speed and scale TAKE ACTION | Continued

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new business models for a low-carbon economy. He wanted to bring entrepreneurship to the war on carbon, realizing the job was too big and important for governments to do alone. He believes, like others now joining him, that the solution doesn’t have to mean a choice between a robust economy and the environment – most climate change solutions can and should be wealth-creating. We set up Carbon War Room as a charitable organization to accelerate these solutions; now backed by a select but growing group of entrepreneurs. It is chaired by José María Figueres (former President of Costa Rica) and led by CEO Jigar Shah who is now leading a team that are fighting four targeted battles in 2010 and will review further opportunities going forward. Case Study: One battle is focused on improving the efficiency of the shipping industry. This is an industry that would be the 6th largest emitter in the world if it were a country. The Carbon War Room is working with shippers, ports and vessel operators to cure the market failures, and enable all players in the industry to make informed operational and investment choices based on sound knowledge of vessel efficiency. In Copenhagen, they partnered with the shipping company, Maersk to host an industry gathering to highlight the need and benefits of improving vessel efficiency. Another battle is focused on improving energy efficiency in buildings. This is arguably the best opportunity for the planet to save money and lower emissions of CO2 at the same time. Through a launch partnership with The City of Vancouver, Carbon War Room has recently kicked off the ‘Green Capital Global Challenge’ - a global initiative to unlock private capital to finance retrofits of cities’ residential and commercial buildings. Richard launched this initiative with the Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics in February. Branson School of Entrepreneurship in South Africa is an inspirational model, will there be others? It is the only one right now, but we’re looking to scale it up and take it to other parts of the 96

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world. The School, which we launched three years ago, is one of the most hopeful, high-energy places I’ve ever been to. We have an incubator to help students start up businesses, we work with CIDA, which is Africa’s first free university, to help train young people on how to run their own business, and then we have a seed fund that helps fund the businesses. It’s a brilliant organization that has seedfunded a number of small businesses, which impacts positively on the community and makes money for the entrepreneur. Case study: The Gaming Zone was started by an enterprising duo. The pair repurposed shipping containers, brought them into the townships and set them up with Internet connections and games. Now when students come out of school, they have a safe place to go, the Gaming Zone employs 12 people and they’ve already grown to seven shipping containers. So what’s life like as CEO Virgin Unite? The beauty of the Virgin Group is that everyday is different and with a leader like Richard – who’s very focused around never accepts the unacceptable -- we tend to have a lot of new ideas and issues we’re working with on a daily basis. This morning we were on calls discussing the battles of the Carbon War Room, then this afternoon we will be talking about young people in Australia and how we can help end teen homelessness. My underlying passion in life has always been to address how can we change the way business and the social sectors work together to really drive large-scale change in the world. Which is why this job is really a dream job. What’s next for Virgin Unite? We have many exciting initiatives in the works right now. For example we’re working with the South African Government to launch a Disease Control Hub– that will be similar to the Centers for Disease Control in the US. It will start in South Africa and eventually go out across sub-Saharan Africa. We also have some exciting partnerships that were inspired by The Elders, like a Trust in Zimbabwe to help get more philanthropic and commercial dollars into the country. Lastly we help our 200 businesses around the world –to drive change at their core, which is just an amazing opportunity. Richard Branson’s risk taking and entrepreneurial spirit has been the driving force behind the spectacular ascent of the Virgin Empire and befittingly, entrepreneurialism is what makes Virgin Unite a success. The organization’s two-dozen or so initiatives offer more than just charity to their recipients – be they the poor, the sick, or the planet – they offer hope. With his efforts at Virgin Unite, Branson is living proof that Nader isn’t deluded, and that maybe the super rich can help us save ourselves after all. ** VIRGIN UNITE

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AKP fine earth friendly furnishings Barrel Group Sofa in chocolate hemp.

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dising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, Ca. she launched her own firm and went into business for herself. During her time in school she decided to focus on green design, which set her apart from others in her field. This early passion for environmentally friendly design placed her in the perfect position to become a pioneer in design applications that gave her advantage for the twenty first century. Her in-depth knowledge and successful answers to design problems, using eco-friendly practices, has earned her many accolades and awards from her peers as well as a high respect from industry members. Alison works closely with project managers, manufactures, fabricators, and clients to ensure that every aspect of her designs is coming together to meet the maximum quality and aesthetic idea. Her and her team researched and sourced the best materials and practices possible in order to maintain sustainable design integrity. As a successful green design advocate, Alison speaks and teaches in order to spread her knowledge of eco-design in the hopes of making healthy alternatives become mainstream. Some of her credentials include: working as a Chair of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification Committee of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and membership of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as well as many others. Alison has also been a featured designer on HGTV’s Designers Challenge and Designing for the Sexes, and has been awarded the ASIDLA design award in Green Design for California Homes Magazine in fall of 2009. The main focus of her career has been in the residential arena, which brings a more personal and intimate flare to all her deSPOTLIGHT ON DESIGN | Continued

AKP fine earth friendly furnishings Flanders swivel chair. Photo by PCV Photographic Services.

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sign projects leaving all clients knowing that the designs for their homes are unique and personal. Many years of experience under her belt allow Alison to be aesthetically flexible, giving each client the very experience and outcome that they have always hoped for. Sometimes the job of an Interior Designer is to be able to customize furnishings to perfectly suit each clients needs and design style. Alison Pollack’s ability to personalize and tailor her designs to her clients has allowed her to do just that. In 2006, she decided to take her skills to another level and create her own line of customizable furnishings that was launched at Los Angeles’ West Week. The line has since then become a go-to line for pure, timeless, and classic pieces that is multi-generational and, best of all, green. It is a complete line that encompasses upholstery, tables, and casework as well as pieces with both sleek, clean lines and bold, dramatic curves. The attention to details give each piece that well thought out impression that leaves you feeling like no opportunity was overlooked. Her design style for her line marries the important elements, such as; basic and strong foundations, functionality, and non-overbearing forms with the timeless lines that evoke both contem100

porary and traditional genres. In her endeavors she discovered resources that, when combined, created the best mixture to accurately represent AKP’s focus and goals.This extreme and detailed search for the perfect partners for AKP help to create furnishings that is both luxurious and non-sacrificial. Materials used in all pieces AKP fine earth friendly furnishings include 100% natural latex, organic cottons, pure grow wool, hemp, jute, sustainable harvested lumber, natural and non-toxic plant oils and zero-VOC finishes.There is even the option to use vegan friendly materials if desired. All pieces are either made to order or available in various showrooms throughout the Los Angeles area. Alison Pollack’s dedication to design with compassion and respect for the earth speaks in the furnishings she has designed. It comes through the materials used, the attentions to detail, and the forms they possess. The timeless, classic, multi-generational aesthetics of her designs allow everyone the opportunity to live in the lap of luxury without sacrificing their health or the health of the earth. Her mission and responsibility as an interior designer is complete and indepth, carrying on into aspect of manufacturing and fabrication. AKP fine earth friendly furnishings are bound to have a long lasting effect on its admirers. An effect, not like one that is harmful to ones health or to the environment, but an everlasting effect that inspires people to live in a space that is warm, inviting, and luxurious.** AKP Fine Earth Friendly Furnishings

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Coworth Park possesses a history that tells a deep and rich tale of culture that dates back over 230 years. Now, in the extremely capable hands of owners of the world-renowned Dorchester Collection, it has become the eighth member to join the collection’s dedication to luxury. Coworth Park, soon to be a ravishing luxury hotel, is located near Ascot, a prime London local. The 1776 Georgian style Manor house has been undergoing yet another transformation to become a converted 70-room country house hotel, by EPR architects, that combines luxuries ranging from two amazing restaurants and an ecoluxury spa to inhabiting its very own equestrian centers for over 40 horses and two polo fields, which makes this estate one of it kind in the entire UK. The hotel is set in 240 acres of lush, romantic, and picturesque land. No part of the transformation of this grand estate was overlooked. Some of the original stables and cottages will be converted to encompass 40 more bedrooms and nine suites. The crown jewel of the suites, has its own dining room, lounge, kitchen, and beautifully secluded garden that is home to Coworth Park’s very own family of swans. Coworth Park is now the only hotel in the UK to grow it’s own fuel with the cultivation of willow on the grounds itself.


With extensive views framed by the high Georgian widows, guests are able to enjoy the tranquil sites all across the gardens and parkland. Unlike the commercialized and somewhat generic hotels that most of us are used to during our travels, Coworth Park offers guest

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The windows of the Main House and converted stables will be solar and thermally fitted in order to efficiently manage heat loss and gain throughout.

a unique room for each. At one visit one may have to opportunity to sleep in an ornate four-poster bed that takes the form of a tree and at another visit that same guest may enjoy a more contemporary upholstered bed. The natural and earthy color schemes throughout the hotels Main House décor keeps things classy, elegant, and comfortable while merging with the marvelous outdoor scenery. World famous interior designers, Fox Linton Associates, were very successful in realizing and executing this vision. Throughout all of the design schemes, British made furnishings, furniture, and art derive; paying homage to tradition and craftsmanship. The wonderful marriage of various textiles, colors, and materials instill a particular character to the hotel that creates the theme of Britain; that is to be subtle, understated, and elegant. That elegance carries on to the other luxuries of Coworth Park Hotel. John Campbell, know and awarded for his innovative and outstanding cuisine, will open his restaurant in the Main House: John Campbell at Coworth Park. This formal atmosphere and fine dining experience tops off the simple elegance that the hotel embodies. The exclusive eco-luxury, two-story, Spa, designed by Purcell Miller Tritton, has ten treatment rooms, a manicure/pedicure salon, relaxation areas and its own restaurant that serves healthy snacks and meals, as well as cocktails and champagne. Not only does it have all the guests require in a spa experience, it also has green features and sustainable influences. It’s solid eco-credentials include it’s predominantly timber structure, and its “living roof ” which emerges from the hillside with plants and herbs that are used for natural spa treatments and in the spa’s dining. CoWorth Park | Continued

Award-winning hat designer, Stephen Jones crated custom designed hats inspired by the Coworth park legacy.

With no two rooms being alike, it makes an adventure for every visit. Things differ from room to room, and suite to suite.

Environmental-friendly elements extend beyond the Spa’s walls. The new Coworth Park prides itself on using sustainable responsible renewable and low energy technologies in order to contribute to the hotels mission to reduce its total carbon dioxide emissions by at the very least 50%. These approaches to heating, cooling, and lighting are made possible with the construction of the hotels own underground Bio Mass Heating Plant. Coworth Park is now the only hotel in the UK to grow it’s own fuel with the cultivation of willow on the grounds itself. This willow will be planted on 12 of the 240 acres and will be harvested every three years. The windows of the Main House and converted stables will be solar and thermally fitted in order to efficiently manage heat loss and gain throughout. Rain and surface water will be recycled and reused by draining into the lake, and then from there, used as irrigation to water the polo fields and willow plantation. The hotel will even have it’s own vegetable garden to be used by both restaurants which will provide many of it’s organic vegetables. It seems that the developers of the new Coworth Park has it all covered. From the architecture of the conversions, restaurants, and spa to 104

the interior design of the rooms to the environmental responsibility it chooses to undertake, this hotel is complete in all it’s glory. And to top it all off, famed hat designer and milliner, Stephen Jones has created a line that utterly embodies the essence of Coworth Park. When asked about the manner in which he got involved, Stephen replied, “Well Ascot and millinery are synonymous, and as a local boy who grew up close by, the project was a natural fit.” Each of the four hats in the collection, are specifically designed with the inspiration of the most amazing experiences that makes the hotel a success. The ‘Royal Ascot,’ was inspired by the deep equestrian heritage of the hotel. This hat is a modern interpretation of a woman’s dressage top hat with lacquered straw, snood, and a veil. The second of the collection, ‘The Park,’ is very organic and exudes nature. A peach blossom branch rendered in satin and organza, twinkles with highlights which captures the true essence of the English countryside. The third of the collection is the ‘Décor Hat.’ This hat, inspired by the décor of renowned interior designers, Fox Linton Associates, is a full fashion piece enveloped in the same natural colors and textures of the hotel’s interiors. Lastly, ‘The Spa’ hat has a translucent resin brim gilded with precious metals. The final role of these masterpieces are to be showcased and worn at Ladies Day during Royal Ascot. Coworth Park equals fashion, luxury, comfort, history, elegance, and environmental responsibility. It has all any guest would need in order to live the lap of luxury. COWORTH PARK

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CHIC GUIDE to... London WRITTEN by: Tara Reeves REVISED by: Anna Griffin

London is a city steeped in history and adorned with iconic landmarks such as Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The capital could claim to be ‘green’ based on the vast number of Royal Parks it has but as host of the next Olympics in 2012, London is more determined than ever to show the world it is a leading eco-friendly destination. Shop at organic beauty boutiques, dine at organic pubs and lessen your carbon footprint by making use of the city’s comprehensive public transport system. You can also jump aboard the Eurostar and visit London’s cosmopolitan neighbors: Paris, Brussels and Bruges.


STAY! The Zetter This former Victorian warehouse is now a 59 room boutique complete with its own borehole beneath the hotel which provides guests with fresh spring water. The building was constructed with sustainable timber and the interior painted with environmentally friendly paints. The Zetter has incorporated a number of innovative systems that minimize the amount of energy used for air conditioning, heating and kitchen appliances. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the fabulous Zetter Restaurant allow for natural lighting which creates a relaxing ambience for guests dining from the acclaimed seasonal menu. The Zetter is located in East London and is close to St Paul’s Cathedral and the British Museum.** St John’s Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RJ. Phone: +44 (0)20 7324 4444

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One Aldwych This award-winning luxury hotel is centrally located near the Strand and within walking distance to all the best West End shows (15 major theatres to be exact). One Aldwych has implemented impressive green initiatives within the hotel such as adopting a ‘no bleach policy’ for cleaning, using low toxicity paint and installing a vacuum draining system (EVAC) which uses 80% less water than conventional bathroom flushing systems. The hotel’s dedicated Green Team meet once a week to ensure the hotel and staff are doing their very best to be environmentally conscious and it is clearly working. One Aldwych recently received a Green Tourism for London Award, Silver Rating (75%) and were awarded ‘Hotel of the Year 2008’ (Considerate Hoteliers Association). Inside the chic rooms you will find natural beauty products from REN and even a bedtime read of the inspiring book, ‘Change the World Nine to Five’ which is placed in your room at turndown on your first night’s stay. You can indulge in a delectable pre-theatre dinner at one of the hotel’s two restaurants with organic options at Indigo and an emphasis on local produce at Axis. There are also organic breakfast options available and you will be pleased to learn that even the tea and flour used and served throughout the hotel are organic. Other stellar hotel facilities include a chlorine-free swimming pool with underwater music and

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a private screening room. One Aldwych certainly has the luxe factor and eco factor, which is why it will undoubtedly become your home away from home when in London.** One Aldwych, London WC2B 4RH. Phone: +44 (0)20 7300 0500

51 Buckingham Gate: Taj Suites & Residences This luxury 5 star hotel offers some serious technology to help business people be more environmentally conscious when traveling. 51 Buckingham Gate is the first hotel in the UK to introduce Cisco’s TelePresence Room which provides high definition virtual meeting facilities. Business travelers can now limit their carbon footprint by foregoing flights to meetings in various worldwide destinations thanks to this high tech service which allows for paperless meetings where documents can be ‘projected in the centre of the virtual boardroom’. There has been an active Green Team at 51 Buckingham Gate since 2003 and they work hard to educate other members of staff and hotel guests about being environmentally conscious within the hotel. Winning a Green Globe silver award recognized the hotel’s robust sustainability policy, proactive approach to recycling and introduction of new EARTH rooms. These eco-conscious rooms feature energy efficient lighting from CFL lamps, lovely potted plants in lieu of cut flowers, air conditioning preset to 24 degrees (saving up to 30% energy) and guest snack bars instead of refrigerated mini bars.

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Dining options include the Michelin star restaurant, Quilon or breakfast served in The Library using ‘ingredients from hand-picked organic suppliers’. It may be hard to step away from this decadent hotel during your stay but once you realize you have Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park and Green Park all within walking distance, you will be torn between relaxing in style or seeing London’s most stunning attractions. The choice is yours.** 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites & Residences, London SW1E 6AF. Phone: +44 (0)20 77697766

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The Organic Pharmacy The Organic Pharmacy is one of Britain’s hottest beauty and health commodities (www. and is the go-to source for herbal and homeopathic formulas with none of the toxins or synthetic ingredients found in mainstream products. The Organic Pharmacy has already earned a spot in the little black books of Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Claudia Schiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker and other celebrities. The company’s philosophy is carried through several categories including skin care, hair care, anti-aging, bath and body, Mom & baby, sun care, men’s skin care and grooming, health supplements and tinctures, and the new Organic Glam makeup line.** 396 Kings Road, London SW10 0LN Phone: 0207 351 2232


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With stores throughout London and the US, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics offers scented selections of ethical skin care, hair care, bath and body treats, as well as offbeat gift ideas loaded with natural ingredients. A self-appointed cosmetic-deli, LUSH makes effective products out of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, the finest essential oils and ingredients that are ethically and sustainably procured from around the world. LUSH products are 100% vegetarian, 74% vegan, 65% preservative-free, and 70% free of wasteful packaging with absolutely no animal testing being done on LUSH products or ingredients. With multiple UK locations, look out for LUSH in the US also.**

Since first opening their doors in 1993 in Covent Garden, London, Space NK’s Founder, Nicky Kinnaird’s philosophy has remained the same; to source and offer a carefully edited selection of high quality, original and effective beauty products from innovators and specialists around the world. Featuring Bath and Body, Skincare, Make Up, Fragrance, Beauty Tools, and Hair products, Space NK offers a complete line-up of clean yet performance-based products including: Caudalie, Jurlique, Life NK, Kiehl’s, Nude Skincare, WEI, and REN, amongst others. With multiple UK locations, look out for Space NK in the US also.**

123 KINGS ROAD, LONDON, SW3 4PL. Phone: 0207 3768348

45-47 Brook Street, London W1K 4HH. Phone: 0207 355 1727

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SHOP BOUTIQUE! Eco Age Eco Age is an exciting retail concept and the first of its kind – a store, showroom, consultancy and green hub that offers inspiration, ideas and specific domestic solutions for all those who want to lead a greener and more energy efficient life. The Eco Age vision is to create a full-service one-stop-shop in which people can find beauty, design, inspiration, ideas, advice, and apply concrete solutions for green living. The ECO answer is compelling: improvement without compromise.** 213 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London, W4 2DW213 PH:+44 (0)20 8995 7611


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Camden Market is always fun for a bit of shopping but if you want to know where to find the ethical offerings, look no further than Stella. Located by the canal and surrounded by many tantalizing food stalls, Stella is the place to go for perusing well known brands such as Stewart & Brown, Wildlife Works and the UK’s own, People Tree and Ciel. ** 5 Upper Market Hall, Camden Lock, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AL

Equa One of London’s first eco boutiques provides shoppers with the perfect opportunity to familiarize themselves with the crème de la crème of UK eco fashion. Every wardrobe whim can be catered to at Equa. Brands such as Amana are perfect for sophisticated pieces, Annie Greenabelle has a cute and playful collection while Julia Smith is the name to turn to for glam evening dresses.** 28 Camden Passage, Islington N1 8ED PH +44 (0)20 7359 0955

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Oxfam Boutiques

If you are after designer pieces from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Christian Dior and YSL, then this classy vintage store near Portobello Road is the place for you. Absorb the intoxicating fashion history of the divine clothing and accessories that fill the rails and shelves. Rellik brings to life dreams of your ultimate walk-in closet and the fantasy of having a personal shopper who always manages to find a designer treasure just for you.**

Rokit is a favorite haunt for London’s top stylists who regularly feature the clothing on the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. From the roaring twenties to the scary eighties, there is sure to be a unique fashion find waiting for you in one of Rokit’s four London stores..**

The charity, Oxfam, recently opened three new boutiques in the strategic style locales of Notting Hill, Chelsea and Chiswick. At these impressive boutiques you can pick up high-end vintage fashion or exclusive collections from fair trade brands such as People Tree. Also look out for ‘reinvented’ outfits created by independent designers and London College Fashion students and graduates. Fashion photographer Rankin’s latest editorial images of Heidi Klum and Jourdan Dunn wearing Oxfam outfits for the ‘Sustain Me’ campaign raised the cool profile of Oxfam even higher. This is the ultimate way to shop sustainably and stylishly knowing each item sold will help ‘raise money to fight poverty around the world.’**

8 Golborne Rd, W10 5NW Phone: +44 (0) 20 8962 0089

42 Shelton St, Covent Garden WC2 9H2 Phone: : +44 (0)207 836 6547 Camden 225 High St (North London) 101 & 107 Brick Lane (East London)

Chelsea - Shawfield St, 123a Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 4PL. Phone: +44 (0)20 73517979 Chiswick - 190 Chiswick High Rd, W4 Wesbourne Grove - 245 Westbourne Grove W11 Phone: +44 (0)20 7229 5000 aspx


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EAT! Saf Vegetarians, vegans and raw food aficionados will all relish an opportunity to dine at the highly popular, Saf restaurant. Saf means ‘pure’ in Turkish and this is certainly reflected in their ‘plant-based and botanical menu’.Try delicious mains such as Pad Thai with courgette noodles, enoki mushrooms and chipotle almond sauce. Desserts are equally tempting and it is futile trying to resist a taste of apple cheesecake made with a coconut lemon crust and apple sorbet. There is also the option to book the Chef ’s Table for a decadent 7 course meal. With a wine list of more than 100 organic and biodynamic wines and the ‘award-winning cocktail and juice bar’ something tells me a good time will be had by all at Saf. ** 152-154 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3AT

Phone: +44 (0)20 7613 0007

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When visiting the UK you must try some genuine pub grub and what better place to go than the Duke of Cambridge, the first pub in the UK to be certified organic by the Soil Association. Enjoy a British menu infused with Mediterranean flavors and marvel at the impressive selection of organic wines, cocktails, ales and lagers available. Here is your chance to experience quintessential British fare such as fish and chips, mushy peas and desserts like rhubarb fool. If you need any more drinks with your meal you will be happy to know that the water is purified on the premises and all teas and coffee are naturally fair trade and organic. Stringent practices are in place for purchasing organic, seasonal and non-airfreighted produce from local and small independent suppliers.The Duke of Cambridge’s fish buying policy is also approved by the Marine Conservation Society (MSC). ** 30 St Peter’s Street, Islington N1 8JT.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7359 3066

Acorn House

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Before jumping aboard the Eurostar, you may like to grab a bite at Acorn House, located a mere five minute walk away from St Pancras International Station. At Acorn House you can find the freshest seasonal ingredients and menus from Roux trained Executive Chef, Arthur Potts Dawson, who has previously worked at the River Café and Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen. Dawson defines Acorn House’s cuisine as ‘Modern London’ explaining it as ‘seasonal, sustainable, simple.’ Acorn House’s recent spring menu sparkled with healthy dishes such as pan fried artichokes, goats cheese & mint, mains of Bhachu vegetable curry & wholegrain puri (mains range from £12 – £18.50) and desserts of white chocolate cardamom cake with dark chocolate ice cream and the very English option of apple and Somerset cider sorbet.

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Acorn House attracts customers who want delicious food but also those who want to eat at a restaurant that considers the environment and local community. Not only does this ‘eco-friendly training restaurant’ offer traineeships to the ecochefs of the future but they also go above and beyond when it comes to sourcing ethical produce. Acorn House never use air-freighted products, preferring to rely on bio diesel transport within London or boats for anything else. Seasonal, local and organic produce is purchased from independent suppliers and Acorn House also has a ‘strict fish purchasing policy’ in place. Water served in the restaurant is

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purified on-site in order to reduce the use of plastic and unnecessary road miles. Even the cleaning products used are environmentally friendly. Acorn House is the perfect eating option in London, especially if you enjoy eating great food that nourishes and nurtures both you and the environment.** 69 Swinton St, London WC1X 9NT

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7812 1842

Daylesford Organic – Notting Hill As Daylesford Organic explain itself, the café, restaurant and store offer ‘a taste of the Gloucestershire countryside in Notting Hill’. After perusing the pretty boutiques and vintage stores of Portobello Rd and Golborne Rd, amble over to Westbourne Grove for some organic treats. Enjoy a classic English cooked breakfast at The Larder Restaurant as well as lunches of spaghetti and watercress pesto but don’t forget to check out the Bread Bar Café and Raw Bar Restaurant. You can find dishes such as spicy raw vegetable pad thai with cashews, chilli, spring onion and coriander or lighter fare such as delicious, freshly-baked pizzas and sushi (vegan or with fish). You can also buy tasty and freshly prepared take away, delistyle dishes which are ideal for any sight-seeing, time-pressured tourists. If you just want to stop by for afternoon cocktails and drinks or perhaps organic coffee and tea with obligatory sweet treats, you can do that too. Fresh pastries and desserts such as chocolate mousse with white chocolate sorbet or apple and olive cake with brazil nut and lime ice cream are all bound to be calling your name. Organic food lovers have never had it so good.** Notting Hill, 208-212 Westbourne Grove W11 2RH Phone:+44 (0)20 7313 8050 Other shops and cafes at Pimlico Rd, Sloane Square, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.

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INDULGE! Content Content is a small but stunning eco beauty boutique, situated in the sophisticated area of Marylebone. Every beauty product in the store has been carefully selected and vetted by owner, Imelda Burke, so you can rest assured there are no products containing parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, colorants or GM ingredients. Instead you will only find high quality skin care lines such as Dr Alkaitis and Suki and cosmetics from Jane Iredale and Nvey Eco. The integrity of the products continues through to the decor and ethos of the business with vintage decorations adorning the shop and hard-core recycling programs in place. There is also a spa service offering massages, manicures, pedicures, homeopathic consultations and London’s best facials. ** 14 Bulstrode St, Marylebone W1U 2JG So Organic front entrance Photo Provided by SO ORGANIC

Phone: +44 (0)20 30751006

So Organic There are many good reasons to visit Greenwich. You can find impressive attractions like the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory where time begins and the beautiful Greenwich Park where Queen Elizabeth I is reputed to have played as a child. One more place to visit is So Organic, a charming shop designed using feng shui principles. Women, men and children can all find organic beauty and skincare products at So Organic from brands such as Lavera, Inika Cosmetics, Trilogy and John Masters Organics.** 7 Turnpin Lane, Greenwich SE10 9JA

Phone: (0) 800 169 2570

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GETTING AROUND! Green Tomato Cars For moments when a taxi is the only way to travel, be sure to use Green Tomato Cars. This environmentally friendly company only uses the silver hybrid electric Toyota Prius in its fleet of over 100 cars. The price is quoted when booking your Green Tomato taxi over the phone or Internet, so there is thankfully no need to nervously watch the meter increase when sitting in traffic. For your safety, it is also reassuring to know you will be texted the vehicle number and name of your driver prior to pick up..** Phone: +44 (0)20 8568 0022

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One of the best ways to get a sense of a big city is to walk with the locals amidst the hustle and bustle. You can use the website to ensure you get from point A to point B in the most direct way. All you have to do is enter your starting and finishing post codes (zip codes) online and then you will be given information regarding the walking time, distance, calories burned and carbon emissions saved. If time is on your side, you can select the box to be shown alternative, greener walking routes with less pollution and noise. **

Public Transport London has numerous public transport options from the famous tube and red buses to river boats and the Docklands Light Rail (DLR). One of the cheapest ways to travel around London is to use an Oyster Card as there is a daily price capping system that ‘automatically calculates the cheapest fare for all the journeys you make in a single day’. This reusable card stores up to £90 of credit and is swiped over a yellow pad before and after any tube journeys (and only when boarding buses). The Oyster card enables you to travel on all forms of transport except boats. You can purchase a Visitor Oyster card from overseas travel agents for £2 or purchase a standard Oyster card at any London tube station or newsagent for £3. **




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Eurostar Fancy lunch in Paris or Brussels? Just board the Eurostar at London’s St Pancras International Station and you will be at Paris’ Gare du Nord in 2 hours and 15 minutes! Rail travel is relaxing, enjoyable and the more environmentally responsible mode of transport. A journey on the Eurostar emits ‘10 times less carbon dioxide than flying’ to cities like Paris and Brussels. Eurostar has been carbon neutral since November 2007 and strive to be even greener by working very closely with Friends of the Earth. In fact, Eurostar’s goal of reducing ‘their carbon dioxide emissions by 25% per traveler journey by 2012’ has already been met and now they aim to reduce emissions by 35%. Return tickets on the Eurostar start at £59 for second class and £119 for leisure select.** Phone: 08705 186 186

London Walks Forget the touristy double decker bus tours, put your Stella McCartneys aside and get ready to see the real London with London Walks, winner of the ‘Best Tourism Experience’ (Visit London 2008). Historians, journalists and professional actors will guide you on walking tours that will show you the London of Shakespeare, Dickens or Sherlock Holmes. For those seeking a nocturnal thrill, you can walk the eerie Jack the Ripper or Ghosts of the Old City night tours (£7 pounds, children under 15 are free). No booking is required, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station and get ready to uncover the history of London by foot. There is also an option to travel outside of London for the day to visit places like Stonehenge, Oxford and Bath. ** Southbank with tree covered walkway, Southbank Photo Provided by ©Britainonview / - Britain on View 118

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GETTING THERE! VIRGIN ATLANTIC The award-winning, Virgin Atlantic airlines is a good choice for environmentally conscious travelers. Not only was it the ‘first airline in the world to operate a commercial aircraft on a biofuel blend’ (demonstrating its desire to move towards more environmentally responsible transport options) but Chairman of Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson has also pledged to ‘invest all of his future profits from the Virgin transport companies into bio-fuels R&D and projects to tackle climate change.’ Branson’s airline also aims to improve its ‘fuel efficiency by 30%, by 2020’ and an instrumental key part of achieving this goal involves using the most efficient aircraft. Virgin Atlantic has ordered the 787-9 Dreamliner which burns ‘around 27% less fuel per passenger’ than the aircraft it will replace in the fleet and the noise footprint is 60% lower also. This is a big step towards decreasing its carbon emissions. Virgin Atlantic also aims to ‘recycle or reuse 50%’ of its ‘waste lovingly by 2012.’. At work on the next design of jewelry. Big Ben and thebyHouses of Parliament, Westminster Photo Provided LOVE HEALS Photo Provided by ©Britainonview / - Britain on View

Fair trade teas and coffees are available on board (with organic varieties becoming available) and passengers can also choose to offset the carbon emissions from their flight through the Swiss based charity, MyClimate.**

LUFTHANSA Lufthansa are members of important environmental, social and ethical organizations and initiatives such as Transparency International, Ecosense, 3C initiative - Combat Climate Change and B.A.U.M, ‘Europe’s largest non-partisan environmental initiative in business’. Lufthansa were also the first airline worldwide to have joined The UN Global Compact that aims to make ‘globalization socially and environmentally compatible’. It’s also wonderful to learn that Lufthansa support environmental and nature conservation organizations with a particular focus on protecting the endangered crane species (the crane is the airline’s logo), rainforests (NatureLife International) and the world’s freshwater lakes.

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Lufthansa have partnered with the Swiss non-profit organization, myclimate to offset carbon emissions and have recently implemented a mobile boarding pass service (available on many long-haul flights) that allows for smoother, hassle-free check-ins with paperless tickets.**

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Global Green Green Glitterati ATTEND Pre-Oscar Party

WRITTEN by: Katherine Butler Article reprinted courtesy of Greenopia PHOTOGRAPHY by: WireImage

Rains mists down on the bright lights of a Hollywood winter night. Reporters crowd the ropes of a red carpet party – except this red carpet is made out of synthetic green grass and a 2011 all-electric Chevy Volt sits at the start of it. Have we fallen down the green rabbit hole of some Tim Burton-esque ecowonderland? Nope, we’re just at the 7th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar, celebrated at Avalon Hollywood on March 3, 2010! Last Wednesday night at the Avalon Hollywood was all about raising funds and awareness for Global Green’s national initiatives to fight climate change. Called “Greener Cities for a Cooler Planet,” the rainy evening brought out hosts James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron, along with celebrities like actors Stephen Dorff, Jessica Alba, Radha Mitchell, and Nia Vardalos, tennis pro Serena Williams, and famed eco-photographer Sebastian Copeland. Global Green USA 122

Model, Josie Maran

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“CSI: NY” actor, Hill Harper

Benji Madden, Barry Watson, Rebecca Jessica Mink, Alba, Founder and Cash with Warren Mink Shoes friend.

Actress, Sharon Lawrence

Pussycat Doll, Nicole Sherzinger

Director, James Cameron with wife Suzy Amis

GLOBAL GREEN | Continued

was founded by Diane Meyer Simon in 1993, and it is the American arm of President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International. The event benefit Global Green’s initiatives to promote smart solutions to climate change by creating healthy, green communities. Bedecked in hair and makeup courtesy of Primrose Organic Salon of Los Angeles, California, I spoke with celebrities while dodging raindrops. Nia Vardalos reminded us to unplug our cell phones when they aren’t charging to avoid using up vampire energy. Radha Mitchell told us how she was looking forward to spending time with like-minded people, all coming together for a common, green purpose. Photographer Sebastian Copeland talked about his book, “Antarctica: The Global Warning.” Coco Eco Editor in Chief Anna Griffin showed off her eco-friendly ensemble. And Sharon Lawrence introduced us to three inspiring Los Angeleno high school students who were working to make their communities greener. Inside the event, which was sponsored by the likes of Pureology, 360 Vodka, LACarGUY, Alternative Apparel, Centropolis, and Newton Vineyard, celebrities and guests took on a decided shade of green. Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of Avatar’s director James Cameron, unveiled the eco-friendly gown she will be wearing to Sunday night’s Oscars. Amis Cameron’s dress was designed by Jillian Granz, a student from Michigan State University won a design campaign to benefit Muse Elementary School.

L-R: Coco Eco Editor in Chief, Anna Griffin; Ecofabulous Creative Director, Caitlin Bristol; Ecofabulous Editor in Chief, Zem Joaquin; Visionary Boutique Founder, Magda Rodd. Image courtesy of Magda Rodd

Actress, Radha Mitchell

Global Green CEO, Matt Petersen

Green booths showed off the latest green products. Pureology beauty products provided consultations using their vegan, eco-friendly products. Alternative Apparel silk screened organic t-shirts, while Newton Vineyards and 360 Vodka offered up some organic libations. And finally, performers like Mia Maestro, Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, and Camp Freddy rocked the green house!**


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Go Green EXPO WRITTEN by: Vicki Godal PHOTOGRAPHY provided by:

Go Green Expo

As I entered Go Green Expo 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in January, I stopped in my tracks, taking in the sheer magnitude of this eco-living, sustainable business event. My first impression; Go Green Expo was much bigger this year than last. Over 300 cutting edge, sustainable companies showcased an extensive range of products and services, all committed to promoting a healthy environment. The diversity of companies and groups represented is part of Go Green’s strategy for success. From Honda to Eco-Panda to organicARCHITECT to the Presidio Graduate School to the 24 foot climbing wall to Animal Behavior College to Vespa; this Go Green Expo had something for every man, woman and child, and, every dog. In fact, the large number of well-heeled dogs that accompanied this year’s 8500 attendees was the result of an addition to Go Green Expo, the Green Pet Expo. With activities, companies and groups catering to the furry crowd, the Green Pet Expo sported doggie training classes, nutritious pet food sampling and the very latest 126

Go Green Expo keynote speaker, Ed Begley , Jr.

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The Fashion & Lifestyle panel: L-R: Jen Boulden, Rachel Sarnoff, Nicole Landers, Anna Griffin, Michele Llanos and Elizabeth Rogers

in pet attire. The new Organic Food & Spirits Pavilion was also a big hit. This eco-oasis offered organic, sustainable cuisine and beverage sampling from some of LA’s finest green restaurants and distilleries.

Held before another packed audience, this panel’s message was quick, focused and insightful on how we all can further sustainability in our lifestyles.The group concluded with a lively discussion on how to, not only encourage but also reach out to those consumers who want to incorporate more sustainability into their lifestyles.

Saturday kicked off with keynote speaker Ed Begley Jr. speaking about his environmental experiences with a focus on water.

Panel mediator Anna Griffin explained it to the audience. “These women, like me, choose to live eco-conscious lifestyles without compromising their personal style or social responsibility. Our goal is to make these choices available to everyone, man or woman, that wants them,” Griffin said.

“The interest I have in water has simply always been with me, from the very beginning, because, if you don’t have water, you don’t have life,” Begley said. “Gorgeously Green” author Sophie Uliano joined a delightful and informative panel, “Healthy Eating & Living.” This was a very popular panel with questions flying until organizers moved things along. However, the last panel of the day capped things in style. The Eco-Fashion & Lifestyle panel was moderated by Go Green Expo sponsor Coco Eco Magazine, whose publisher Anna Griffin guided the panel of sustainable style thought leaders. The panel included Eco Luxe Curator Michele Llanos, Ideal Bite founder and national environmental media consultant Jen Boulden, New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Rogers, Econnect Group’s Nicole Landers and Ecostiletto’s Rachel Sarnoff.

That very well could be the mantra for this year’s Go Green Expo. These are people that are changing their lives and their livelihoods by choosing to live green. Go Green Expo founder and CEO Bradford Rand says green progress is steady. “Green is definitely growing in LA. The Expo was certainly larger and the exhibitors were all extremely high quality. I felt the Expo really had something to offer in the way of education and awareness this year as well,” Rand said. “However, it’s only just now becoming part of the norm. The Go Green Expo shook up downtown LA. Not only did the Expo offer more in terms of education and awareness, but also they added more in terms of entertainment. That’s why Go Green Expo will keep right on growing.”** GO GREEN EXPO



Eco-Chic Geneva WRITTEN by: Amy DuFault PHOTOGRAPHY by: Johann


This past January, Green2greener, in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD) hosted EcoChic Geneva, a fashion show and exhibition featuring sustainable fashion in two parts: Eco-Couture and Ready-to-Wear. The Eco-Couture designers, including Alexandre Herchcovitch, Diane von Furstenberg and Oliver Tolentino and ready to wear designers like Deux FM, Elena Garcia and Edun, were just a small, international sampling of designers creating unique looks out of sustainable textiles like organic cotton, soy, silk and recycled materials. Designer Oliver Tolentino went above and beyond the challenge creating a stunning floor length dress utilizing pineapple fibers. Dr Christina Dean, founder of Green2greener and EcoChic Fashions says for these designers, being asked to incorporate not only their current designs but also sustainable textiles and their country’s myths and folklore made the fashion summit unique. 128

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Diane von Furstenberg Organic soy jersey dress and vintage necklace and gloves

Ciel for the Environmental Justice Foundation with The Battalion - organic cotton T shirt with leggings

Oliver Tolentino –Dress made from pineapple fibre and found shell necklace

Anja - Peruvian organic cotton ladder stitch dress

“Many of the clothes that we wear contain different materials that were derived from natural biodiversity and as consumers, we often fail to appreciate the contribution of the earth’s natural resources to our wardrobes,” says Dean.

Eco-model, activist and Style Naturally author Summer Rayne Oakes who gave a talk at the conference as well as modeled says when talking about fashion and biodiversity, one must consider the human element and address social well-being and sustainable development if we are to conserve biodiversity.

Dean adds that EcoChic Geneva and the United Nations’ ‘International Year of Biodiversity’ raised an awareness amongst businesses, governments and fashionistas, about how the fashion industry relies on biodiversity, ethical and ecological couture as much as RTW designers.

She points out the example of her partnership with a.d. schwarz and the Mezimbite Forest Centre in Mozambique, where designs for women and home are handcrafted from sustainably harvested African hardwoods. In addition to working with developing countries and economies in transition, the program ensures effective trade promotion programs to expand export as well as import operations.

Designer Anna Gilkerson of Nova Scotia based Deux FM agrees and says after an event like EcoChic Geneva, now wishes she knew more about the actual extraction process of the materials used in sustainable fashion design. “The materials that are newly available need to be promoted in a way that supports bio-diversity but also protects them from being exploited. Yes, it is a designer’s job to think outside the box and find these raw materials. If we keep letting ourselves be stuck in one place we will never move forward,” says Gilkerson, adding that responsibility also lies in the hands of the textile industry when it comes to innovation and promoting an understanding of them.

“Biodiversity can be factored into business and the life cycle of a product. But most of all nature’s processes can really inform how we develop materials and products going forward.There is a lot that we can learn from our nature’s ecosystems and the more likely we are to design like them, the better off we’ll be,” says Oakes. While EcoChic Geneva participants walked away from January’s event with insight and motivation for further discussion and research into this area, Dean is quick to add that “we can’t expect overnight changes to clean up the fashion industry, but we are excited that governments and private sector were brought together for this event and we’re eager to witness how this will play out.” When it comes to the sustainable fashion industry, everything counts.”** EXPO CHIC FASHIONS






BRITANNIA RULES Photography by: Michelle Beatly Styled by: Rebecca Mink PAGE 16-17

Cream mohair cape, MAKEPIECE


Lilac silk halter top with gold chain and silk print scarf, NOIR


Off-white leather jacket and grey crystal harem pants BLLACK NOIR


Black tuxedo vest, BLLACK NOIR Vintage pink satin slip dress, OXFAM Pink knitted rose pin, KAREN NICHOL


Khaki cotton kimono dress, MISS BUTTERFLY BY BEAUTIFUL SOUL


White silk pleated top and white silk gathered skirt , BY STAMO Tan leather double buckle belt, ASCENSION


Beige knitted rose dress, MAKEPIECE


Cream linen dress, HENRIETTA LUDGATE Cream knitted wristwarmers, MAKEPIECE Chiffon beaded flower necklace, MINNA


Beige knitted cape with gold buttons and cream cotton dress, IVANA HELSINKI Silk kimono sandals, HETTY ROSE

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Coming Soon

BRIT WEEK World-renown haute couture and ready-to-wear hat designer, Stephen Jones creates one-of-a-kind collection for Coco Eco. The hats will be showcased at Brit Week’s VIP Gala Reception, honoring Sir Richard Branson in Los Angeles on Earth Day, April 22nd.

CHRISTIE’S AUCTION Not only will Stephen Jones’ masterpieces will be auctioned off in honor of Virgin Unite, but also one of the hats,The Map of Utah, will be donated to benefit environmental charities via Christie’s Green Auction, Earth Day, April 22nd.

COCO ECO ONLINE BOUTIQUE Coco Eco Magazine has aligned with E-Conscious Market. Coming next issue, you can look forward to special deals on eco-chic fashion, beauty, and lifestyle products in our new online shopping cart.


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